By Tony Hicks
Monday, December 31st, 2007 at 2:47 pm in Uncategorized.
I saw Sara Jane Moore was released today from prison in Dublin, 32 years after she tried to kill President Ford in San Francisco.
I have some strange memories of that day. I was eight years old and attended the same school as her son, who was a year older. I remember the sudden appearance of lots of serious-looking men in suits around lunchtime. I don’t remember if I actually saw them take him away – you know how you re-live things in your head until you’re not sure how they exactly happened – but I remember very clearly all the men in suits, who I assume were either FBI or Secret Service.
I also remember that was the last day anyone at school ever saw her son, whose name for some reason I don’t feel like mentioning, even though I’m sure it’s already public. He probably doesn’t even have the same name anymore. I knew him a little bit and remember him very clearly, but I can’t say we were friends.
The school called everyone’s parents that night to explain, which made me stay up to watch the news. Growing up in the Bay Area in the early-to-mid 70s was sometimes surreal – Patty Hearst and the SLA, Black Panthers, anti-war demonstrators, Hell’s Angels, the Zodiac, and people trying to kill the president. I didn’t understand many details, but I remember watching the news just about every night from the time I was really young. Which may’ve helped eventually prompt me to get into this business.
Yes, the business of writing smart-assed blogs.
If anyone else out there remembers Sara Jane Moore’s son, I’d love to hear from you.
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