Via Steven Taylor of Poliblog, we are reminded that it was 24 years ago today that an assassination attempt was made on President Reagan's life. I was in the sixth grade, and I heard the news on the car radio. I was being driven back from an academic competition of some sort.
When I got home, I watched television to get updates on how the President was doing. I remember two images more vividly than the rest. The first was the sight of a fallen James Brady on the sidewalk. I didn't grow up around violence, and that looked violent. I'm glad that many good things have been inspired by his misfortune that day. The second was Frank Reynolds (the ABC News anchor) welling up with tears several times throughout the broadcast. Reynolds' passing a few years later was a real blow for the profession. I thought it was fitting that he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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