Where were you in May, 1980?


I was swinging a hammer at Lake Tahoe. Hand nailing cedar shake by the square. The steeper the pitch the more $$$ per square. In all my years I only really fell once. It was in Incline Village.
Thought this was a thread about the Mount Saint Helens eruption. May 18th, 1980.

Was at the Fossil Bowl Motocross track in Clarkia, ID.

My cousin raced and I was helping do pit work.

We were loading up the van when we saw the black cloud first appear over the mountains. Thought it was a heck of a thunderstorm coming.

Was halfway back to Moscow when it turned black as night and ash started falling. Long before the internet or cell phones. Had to rely on AM radio to hear that the mountain blew.
At the time I was 13, in the USSR - probably riding my bike; or fishing at the local creek; or shooting homemade muzzleloader; or sunbathing on my parents’ house roof with a jar of fruit punch and reading Jack London, or Ray Bradbury, or Isaac Asimov, or Robert Heinlein.
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