Originally posted by etherical waterwave
I'd like to know some old folks on this board who might have witnessed this, or have lived in this period so they can tell.
i was far away, in Grand Haven Michigan,
video cams didn't exist, there were some who had the rare movie cameras
i think pre-8mm or something??,
you'ld crank a spring drive & get a couple minutes of motion picture....
but the richer folks that owned something like that sure wouldn't be outside on the streets of D.C. ready to take pictures at night skies.
the technology was so primitive that the film of those 'Brownie' or Box Cameras portable cameras would take only bright daylight pictures that
quickly became grainy...so, even independent reporters would not keep that type of equipment on hand, as a reliable source for money generating
the still photos from flashbulb cameras, the ones used by newspaper photos were the standard of the day....film developed in propriatary darkrooms
as far as news, well radio was still the king of instant news.
TV was limited to certain hours of broadcast, & the few channels woud have a big too-doo with 'signing on' and 'signing off',
with the Star-Spangled-Banner misic playing
& the American Flag blowing in the wind.
it was definitely the next day that the iconic photo of lights over the Capitol appeared in local papers all over?? America...at least in the paper
from GrandRapids Mich.
i recall in the Catholic Church, the parishoners were asked to pray for the safety of the USA...my mom was under the impression that this was a
demonic event rather than just an otherworldly visitation/encounter
a low key, mild anticipation, seemed the norm...but like a scary ghost story it quickly faded into memory
[edit on 5-6-2007 by St Udio]