Well, 40 years ago today was another big one: on August 9, 1974 Richard Nixon became the first American president to resign from office, finally bowing to pressure in the wake of the Watergate scandal. And yes, I remember where I was: Cattail Creek, near Burnsville, NC. My grandparents and I were vacationing there with my aunt, uncle and cousins. I was unusually politically aware for a 13 year-old and was riveted to the old black and white TV in the cabin as the unprecedented drama unfolded. The cabin and the land the place stood on, then called Satellite Mountain, were owned by my grandparents’ friend, Percy Hedgecock. He was the co-founder of Satellite Beach, FL, where, coincidentally, my cousins lived.
Amazing the things we remember, huh?
Let’s see, what else? The mountains were beautiful. The water was freezing.
Where were you?