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Where were you for the Mount St. Helens eruption?

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on May 17, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:27 AM

Where were you when Mount Saint Helens blew? It was May 18th, 1980.

We often can instantly recall where we were during life changing moments in life. So, where were you and what  was happening in your life when the grand dame blew here top at 8:32 a.m. (PDT)?

I vividly recall where I was when during that initial the Memorial Union on the campus of Oregon State University. It was my junior year and I was deep into my broadcasting education. I remember staying glued to the TV set, watching the mudslides and the ash clouds. I remember the cliffhanger too.... the local man who wasn't going to leave his home no matter what happened. I don't think they ever found the body of Harry Truman. I think he always believed he was part of the mountain, and he probably is today.

Later, when I returned to my hometown of Portland, Oregon...I remember that the Rose Festival parade was almost canceled because of all the ash that just kept hanging around, despite the fact that the street cleaners were doing their best to get rid of the stuff. At times as the mountain continued to erupt, day seemed like night because of all the ash falling. It was something that I had never experienced and I remember it was all people could talk about in the spring and summer of 1980.

So....those are my memories of the eruption of Mount St. Helens...what are yours?

E-mail me at I'd love to re-live that moment in history with you.