I’ve been in the heart of several tornadoes in my life. Being from the
I’ve experienced that ominous, eerie green cast in the atmosphere and a silence you can hear just before all hell breaks loose.
I remember sirens blaring one night in the mid 60s. My parents opened all the windows. My brother and I slept in the corner of the first floor of our
Years later my brother and I went to the
“Tornado’s comin’ up the river,” someone yelled. We pulled the station wagon into a ditch where we were ordered to put our heads down. Someone threw a blanket over us. Huddled in the dark we heard the loud din of a freight train and a thunderous crack. Minutes later all was silent.
I peeked out from the blanket to see a huge crack in the windshield. After regaining our composure we started the car and slowly drove across the river. We weren’t sure if the bridge was stable. There had been a large lumber yard on the other side. It completely disappeared.
When I was in my early 20s I was living with my girlfriend Pam. She had an opportunity to work with a theater company in
Once, somewhere between
Just before we got marriedt Kim and I went to the North Twin Theater. It was
My mom took this pic of our garage and the Arena from our back porch. The rest of the photos are from the Globe-Democrat. They show the hole in the Arena- note crushed channel 2 tower in foreground, the inside of the Arena, and