Tuesday, May 21, 2019

What I Was Doing 62 Years Ago Today

On May 20, 1957, an F-5 intensity tornado struck the south side of Kansas City. It was the day that determined the course of my life, especially because of what happened 62 years ago today: My mother drove a neighbor, my brothers and me through ground zero. We went right down Bennington Street (circled). A closer view would reveal the supposedly indestructible girders of the brand new Ruskin High School twisted near the ground. The dazed looks on peoples' faces were unforgettable.

I remember thinking that I wanted to study what did all this. It is corny to write but, the rest is history.

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