A Quarter Mile Away in the Darkness

From Plinky.com:

What historical event would you attend if you were able to time travel?

“We were ready to rock out and we waited and waited and finally it was our turn … there were a half million people asleep. These people were out. It was sort of like a painting of a Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud.

And this is the moment I will never forget as long as I live: a quarter mile away in the darkness, on the other edge of this bowl, there was some guy flicking his Bic, and in the night I hear, ‘Don’t worry about it John. We’re with you.’ I played the rest of the show for that guy.” – John Fogerty regarding Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 3 a.m. start time at Woodstock.

Woodstock, August 15-18, 1969, White Lake, New York

And six others, because it’s impossible to choose, in no particular order:

I Have A Dream, Martin Luther King, August 28, 1963, Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC

Signing of the German Instrument of Surrender, May 7, 1945, Rheims, France

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, November 9, 1989, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

The Beatles at Shea Stadium, center field*, August 15, 1965, Brooklyn, New York

Apollo 11’s Moon Landing, July 20, 1969, the moon :).

The Assassination of JFK, November 22, 1963, Dallas, Texas**

* Where only the band members, their entourage and security personnel were allowed. How awesome would that be, to appear out of thin air, mid-concert, in front of the Beatles and surrounded by 55,000 crying, screaming fans?

**I always say that if I could live through any decade in time, it’d be the 1960’s – it’s not a mistake that five of the seven historical events that I’d want to experience occurred during the 60’s. And while the assassination of JFK is a legendary tragedy for the US (and the world) I added it to my list because what would a) the world be like today if, during my time travel, I could alter the events of that day and b) how does the grief that a nation experienced on that day change you as a human being?

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