SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
September 11, 2001
At the time I was in Toronto , staying over at my sister’s place, waiting to play my match for the Canadian Championship with Alexander Lesiege, which was to start in a couple of days. I was still in bed when I received a phone call :”Go turn on the TV! A plane just hit the World Trade Center!” Then just as quickly the caller disconnected…
I threw on my pants and as I walked over to the TV I remember thinking that a small Cesna type plane must have gone off course, hit one of the towers and now CNN and the rest of the story-hungry media was trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill!
I turned on the TV (CNN) and just at that exact moment the second commerical jet could be seen in the background, approaching closely and finally hitting one of the towers! A huge explosion followed. The first thought that went thru my head is that I must be watching a Bruce Willis film! But quickly enough, reality sunk in: this was no hollywood stunt! America was under attack!
November 22, 1963
It was a rainy Friday afternoon as I walked back home from Maple Hill Elementary School, in Montreal North. I like the rain (and still do!) and so I was in no hurry to get home. I took a longer route back, thru the neighbours’ backyards. I remember seeing a large, rain drenched rodent make a quick dash for a porch.
When I got home my Mom was very anxious and nervous, watching TV. She said to me ”President Kennedy has just been killed!”
Ofcourse, I remember the weekend that followed very vividly. There was no other topic of coversation. TV and radio included. With my own young eyes I could see that the world seemed to have woken up to find some horrible reality, a collective tragedy bigger than anything one could personally experience, and one which everyone knew was going to change the world.
On Monday, I remember walking to school; it was a bright sunny day. But most of the stores were closed, with pictures of John F. Kennedy in the windows.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS