“You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat”

It all started, I suppose, with Ben Gardner’s head. It was the summer of 1985, and I was an 11-year-old sitting in front of the TV watching the ABC Sunday Night Movie. The movie playing, of course, was Jaws. And while the terrifying tale of an insatiable Great White had been around for a decade and spawned two sequels, it was all brand new to me. I don’t remember much about that first viewing. I can recall realizing I had seen the ill-fated nighttime swim Continue reading →

Columbine Revisited

I admit I was reluctant to pick up and read Dave Cullen’s COLUMBINE.  I thought, what’s there to learn 13 years after the tragedy?  Turns out, everything. I don’t remember where I was on April 20, 1999, when the shooting started at the now-infamous Littleton, Colorado high school.  But I do recall much of the media coverage which most of the country then considered fact.  I knew that two high school seniors, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, went on a killing spree before committing suicide Continue reading →