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The Day I Stopped The Presses

James Brady, the press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, and his son Scott, right, visit the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan today. Huffington Post story here. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

DFO: I remember exactly what I did when I heard that someone had tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 30 years ago today. I learned about the shooting a little after noon (Mountain Time), shortly after the presses of the Kalispell, Mont., Daily Inter Lake began to roll. I, as managing editor, immediately walked back to the press room — and for the first of only two times in my career ordered the presses to stop. We replated the front page with the news. And the presses began to roll a half hour later.

Question: Do you remember what you were doing when you learned of the assassination attempt against President Reagan?

Mount St. Helens Plus 30 Years

After several months of seismic buildup, Mount St. Helens’ eruption on May 18, 1980, may have been among the most anticipated in modern history. But the size and force of the blast, the landslide and mudflow from superheated snow were far beyond expectations. A magnitude-5.1 earthquake below the volcano triggered a blast that blew out the top 1,300 feet of the volcano, pushing some 3.7 billion cubic yards of debris to the north and west. Temperatures in the blast zone reached an estimated 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Trees were snapped off and laid down like dominoes. An avalanche of debris rushed down the North Toutle River, raising it as much as 600 feet in some spots, wiping out bridges and burying roads. Fifty-seven people died/Jim Camden, SR. More here.

Question: What were you doing when the mountain blew up?

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