Saturday, May 19, 2007
Ah, the good old days
It was 27 years ago today that Mt. St. Helens in western Washington state erupted, killing 65 people and leaving a grimy plume of ash and pumice. I well remember the mid-afternoon that day when a huge black cloud appeared over the horizon in Spokane. Shortly thereafter, it rained dirt. The smell was a hideous mix of sulfur and rotten eggs. It clung to your clothes and your skin and ruined automobile engines.
It was a tremendous catastrophe and I had the great privilege to cover it for KSPO Newsradio. There was great uncertainty and fear. It was fun and exciting. I was 30 years old and got the opportunity to do talk shows because all the qualified people were exhausted after the first week of non-stop coverage. It may have been a disaster for some, but the eruption of Mt. St. Helens volcano is real special to me.
(Broadcast May 18, 2007)