- Aug 29, 2000
Today I was driving to work when news of the New York bombings unfolded on the radio. After a moment of thinking this was some cruel joke, the utter disbelief set in- then the realization that this must have been exactly how the news of Titanic's sinking was received. My grandmother was 16 back in 1912 -and spoke of how people stood out in the street, staring- some weeping- waiting for news. Today we have CNN- then it must have been agonizing waiting for the newspapers. I remembered the black and white photos outside White Star offices just as today's hordes, nervously waited at the fringes, hoping for news of loved ones. With all the strides in Technology and construction the mighty man-made structures of steel sank vertically into the ground in less than 30 minutes. I thought of the survivors staring into the black void where Titanic had been only minutes before- steam and smoke on the water. And now the eerie quiet of the evacuated city- the ministers in their pulpits already praying for the dead and trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. And the silence like that of Carpathia's decks when there were no answers. Today was also an end to innocence for Americans- the iceberg was easier to understand.