Exxon Valdez Captain, Joseph Hazelwood, On CNN Tonight, Used To Frequent Meredith (N.H.) Library.
by Anura Guruge
This was during the 1996 to 1999 time frame when I lived in lovely Meredith (N.H.) [on what was ‘Mile Point‘ when there was only 5 waterfront houses there on a cleverly disguised paved road made to look like a dirt road].
My son, Matthew, used to spend a lot of time with me and we would go to the library quite a bit (partly because we knew, quite well, a number of the folks that worked there). It was one of them that pointed out the ex-Captain to me and told me that he comes quite often. I am very had at ‘spotting’ folks and would not have recognized him on my own, though once I was told he was, I could see that he hadn’t changed much from what we had seen on TV many years earlier.
Not sure whether he had a place there, was staying with family or was just visiting. Wikipedia claims he lived in Long Island. Not sure whether he visits the Meredith library or can be seen in Meredith these day. This was a long time ago.
I walked past him a few times in the library but I don’t think we talked, let alone acknowledged each other. I appreciated his need for privacy. He kept a low profile and if I remember right, invariably wore a long, light brown coat.
The “Exxon Valdez” and “Pan Am Flight 103 — Lockerbie” are part of my family lore. Danielle, my eldest daughter, was born on Tuesday, April 4, 1989. So the “Valdez” happened the week before she was born and network news of that time led with the disaster. “Lockerbie” happened the Christmas before she was born. Since she was going to be my first, I got, as is the norm, all sorts of advice. One of them, given that this was prior to the Web, was that I should document or remember the important news story of the time. Well those were the two big stories that are etched in my mind.
In 1989, the changing of the clock for ‘Daylight Saving Time’, i.e., the ‘Spring Forward‘, took place on Sunday, April 2, 1989. I remember because I had lost an hour of sleep on Monday, April 3. This year we changed the clocks on March 9, 2014. Three weeks earlier! I am always struck by how we have brought forward the Spring Forward. But, I think it is good. I like the longer days.
I guess I will DVR the CNN documentary. I kind of want to hear what he has to say. So this is a heads-up.