Thirty years ago today, March 30, 1981, I was sitting in algebra class at Northwest Jr. High. Mr. Young was a tough teacher - or at least that's how most students saw him - but I really liked him. He would review the problems over and over again and answer questions so that there was never any reason for a student to not understand. If you got it you started on your homework, and if not you needed to speak up. I don't remember exactly the details of how it happened but I remember him telling a stunned class that there had been an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.
President Reagan was leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton when six shots were fired at him and his staff. It took only 1.7 seconds for John Hinckley Jr. to unload all six explosive-tipped Devastator bullets. Three men – the President's press secretary, a Secret Service agent, and a Washington D.C. police officer – lay wounded as the President was rushed away. Initially, no one realized he had been hit as well, but when Special Agent Jerry Parr saw blood on Reagan's lips, he instructed the driver to head directly to George Washington University Hospital. His instincts saved the President's life.
My memories from 30 years ago were fuzzy and it was amazing to read of everything that occurred. I re-watched a video of the shooting online and was surprised to realize you could see the gun being fired and the wounded men going down - if they showed all that back then I certainly didn't remember it. I highly recommend this worthwhile book. (I received this book from Amazon Vine.)