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The day the earth shook
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Randy's Corner
About North Georgia's publisher Randy Golden contributes a look into life in north Georgia, the Web, or anything that's on his mind.



Hello, friends

When I studied World War II in 9th grade my social studies teacher, Mr. Cooper, gave my class a unique assignment. At the beginning of this section he wanted each student to ask their parents about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Mom, who was 20 in 1941, explained to me she heard about Pearl on the radio. She and her friends had to wait for two weeks to see the newsreel footage.

Less than two weeks from his 29th birthday at the time of the attack, Dad told a different story. He spoke of the Great Depression and how able-bodied men could not find work. How Communists, Fascists, and Nazis threatened core American beliefs. And how country after country had fallen under the control of the Axis powers (Germany, Japan and Italy).

Weaving a web of intrigue, Dad described the defeat of the combined armies of the French and English, finally withdrawing from France at a place known as Dunkirk. He told me of listening to the events of December 7, 1941 on a radio that he had built. My father told me that the Japanese not only attacked Pearl, they also attacked Midway, the Philippines and many other U. S. outposts in the Pacific.

If Dad were alive today he might argue that the tragic events of September 11, 2001 were not anything like Pearl Harbor was to him. His country, and the other countries of the free world were faced with oppressive regimes and impressive might. Osama bin Ladin and al Qaeda may have killed more people at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon than the Japanese did at Pearl Harbor, but we can respond.

On the other hand, I would counter that September 11, 2001 will delineate our lives, just as Pearl Harbor delineated the lives of my father's generation. My brothers and I worked on a list of events that comprise the defining moments of our lives: The assassination of President Kennedy, the Challenger Disaster, The Gulf War. Sam, the oldest, contributed the Sputnik launch and its circling the world in space; Dave felt the first man walking on the moon was pivotal; I can't forget an out-of-breath Lem Tucker on CBS talking about the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.


None of these, in scope or depth, compares to the work of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Today people say our lives changed on that September 11. They did. America lost her innocence. Sure, tomorrow we will go to work, pay our electric bills or buy a new car, but it can never be the same. There is a portion of our hearts that is missing.

As we await the response of our leaders my wife and I pray that God gives them direction. One thing I can say for Dad, he would have been deeply moved by the events. Desert Storm had him so riled that he ended up in the hospital.

Randy Golden, Publisher


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