In working on Columbine I realize it is going to take not just a few days or a week, but a long time – good lord, it reads like John Wick! There are so many angles to explore, including the outside possibility that there were deaths that day. Dylan Klebold is in the Social Security Death Index, for instance. His Social Security number is 524-45-5481, and his date of birth September 11, 1981.
The amount of planning, the logistics, the existence of a monument, the story line, the (fake?) relatives, the school kids who had to know it was a hoax – or did they? There is so much ground to cover.
Anyway, rule number one of blogging is to put up fresh material regularly, and I was thinking about a list – I was born in 1950. Below the fold here would be the most important fake events of my life, that is, those that frightened me, or affected me deeply at the time. Keep in mind, I believed in every one of these events at the time:
- The Cold War
- JFK, RFK, MLK assassinations
- Moon landings
- Arab oil boycotts
- Chicago Tylenol murders (I have not researched this – I am guessing fake fake fake).
- John Lennon assassination
- Columbine (happened on my 49th birthday)
- 911 (duh)
As it turns out, that’s ten, though I did not set out to remember ten. It is just a good place to stop. Please add your own in the comments, with the understanding that the event had to deeply affect you personally. Our European commenters will have a much different perspective.