I’ve also been watching the new HBO miniseries Chernoble. I can remember the first time I heard about the actual accident, it was told to me by Clarice Tinsley and she was explaining if the radioactive air would reach the Dallas area and whether or not local residents should be concerned. She then moved on to a story about the local Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant. I was eleven at the time, and if memory serves correct, she was wearing a blue or purple dress with a large metallic necklace.
I’m really enjoying Scott Pelley’s new book. It focuses on virtues or character traits (and flaws) of people in extraordinary events, each chapter is titled accordingly. The first chapter is over 9/11 and he goes into vivid detail. I like how he takes time to educate the reader. For instance, he describes firefighting terminology, ranks, and organization/leadership structure. For instance, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has five Borough Commands. Within them exists nine firefighting Divisions, each headed by a Deputy Division Chief). Each Division has four to seven Battalions, each led by a Battalion chief. Each Battalion consists of three to eight firehouses and consists of approximately 180–200 firefighters and officers.
Pelley stated he lost his job as the ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor because of his complaints of a hostile work environment. As much as I love and admire the man, I think it’s more adequate to state that as one of the reasons he was removed from the coveted spot. He also lost it because of ratings and his agent negotiating a salary and contract not in line with management and rating results.
I don’t have a logical explanation for this, but I find it weird for the NCAA World Series to be played outside of the regular academic school year yet I’m okay with college bowl games being played during the holiday break.
I’ve run into a handful of organ donation honor walks. I’d encourage you to at least skim through one of these videos. Here’s a story of a mother in Iowa who shared footage of her 1-year-old daughter’s honor walk, (getting wheeled into organ donation surgery) who had been declared brain dead after contracting a virus. ‘Amazing Grace’ is such a fitting song for everyone to sing. For those interested in becoming an organ donor and giving the gift of life, visit Donate Life America.