In case you don’t recognize him, that was “the most trusted man in America.”
For nineteen years, he helmed the CBS Evening News and we got the scoop on all the world’s doings straight from him. He was my one source for what was going on.
But these days, I am bombarded with news (real and “fake”- aka real) all day long. I get it on Twitter, from my AP and UPI feeds, I get alerts on my phone from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Huffington Post and I get it on Facebook from just about everywhere else.**
**News Flash: Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that Facebook will now turn its emphasis to the stories we run about ourselves. I guess that means more kittens playing with big dogs and many more photos of cuddly grandkids.
But still News is big news. And it’s been 24/7 for a very long time now.
But as I am bombarded constantly daily with screaming headlines about s-holes and the political a-holes who aren’t concerned about anything but restoring white supremacy to our country, it seems to me that most of our current news is straight out of Macbeth.
“… A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”
IMHO, I have experienced only TWELVE great and world-shattering news events in my lifetime. All the rest? Not as earth-shaking.
These are the top news stories of my life. (To date.)
1. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy November 22, 1963
2. The assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4, 1968
3. The assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy June 5, 1968
4. The United States puts a man on the moon July 16, 1969
5. The Manson family kills Sharon Tate and others in California August 9, 1969
6. Burglars break into the Watergate Complex in Washington D.C. June 17, 1972
7. President Nixon resigns from office August 9, 1974
8. The Viet Nam War ends April 30, 1975
9. The assassination of John Lennon December 8, 1980
10. The Berlin Wall comes down November 9, 1989
11. Students massacre and terrorize high school at Columbine High School, Colorado April 2o, 1999
12. Terrorists attack the World Trade Center and Pentagon September 11, 2001
(I can make a case for the #METoo movement but only time will tell if that’s going to be meaningful change or if sexual politics will revert to business as usual.)
Dear Readers, you might vehemently disagree Perhaps other news struck you as more world-changing.
Meanwhile, I let the sound and fury swirl around me. I hope- and pray- that I never have to add another really important new story to my list.
And that’s the way it was.