Thursday, September 18, 2008

Battle in Seattle

Publicity for the new movie ``Battle in Seattle'' has given me a chance to reminisce on going there to cover the original street demonstrations. It was a wild couple of nights, and perhaps my best chance to experience what the street demonstrations of the 1960s were like. One strong memory is the strong smell of vinegar emanating from many people. They dipped their bandanas in vinegar to cut the sting from tear gas.
For those wondering, other big stories I covered over the years include the last bombing by Unibomber Ted Kaczynski in Sacramento, followed by his capture in Montana; the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco; the 1985 Super Bowl season of the Chicago Bears; three executions, several serial killers and the opening of Al Capone's vault by Geraldo Rivera. I'm not making that up.

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