39 years ago.. Do you remember where you were..? I do.

39 years ago.. Do you remember where you were..? I do.







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  1. My dad was an Army helicopter pilot and was sent out to look for those in need of help. The pilots put nylons on the exhaust of the helicopters before they took off because they were flying into the ash. They ended up rescuing puppies that were trapped. Some of them ended up becoming service dogs.

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  2. At work. Smoking hash. Off an xacto blade with a soldering iron.

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  3. I was drunk on my ass, on the East coast.

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  4. Albuquerque, NM, we had ash the next frw days.

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  5. Living high on a hill in Seattle and looking south, seeing the ash-cloud rising, while washing my car thinking, “Wow, I’ve wasted my time again.”.

    Truth.

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  6. Hoeing corn in eastern Washington….sounded like sonic boom….

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  7. I was still a year away, but my parents were go cart racing in Airway Heights next to Fairchild AFB. They had no clue the mountain had blown but suddenly all the flyable aircraft, mostly B52’s and KC10 tankers started flying out of Fairchild. They thought WWIII was starting.

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  8. Portland Oregon with my parents on a Kiwanis convention. It was really scary!!!

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  9. In my house in Kirkland. We heard it and felt it at different times, and had no idea until later what it was. Then we hopped in our car to drive to Olympia for the rhododendron festival, marveling at the ash cloud.

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  10. Crazy day. I was at my parent’s house on Clyde Hill. My dog started acting anxious and running around the yard moments before it blew.

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  11. Yup, I heard it that morning

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  12. I do! Working on 3W in our local hospital. We had heard it on the news on a patient’s TV. We then monitored the huge black cloud that moved over our area…My father had been working outside in his garden and heard the “boom”…

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  13. Getting ready to ride Argossy Cruise to Blake Island

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  14. You’re off by two days. May 18, 1980.

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  15. I was in Church at Renton, Wash. didn’t know it happened until I got home. My Aunt and Uncle in Selah, Wash . Was in Church also, it got dark as night and they were all sent home.

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  16. We had just gotten home from a week at Birch Bay, and we were unloading the car.

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  17. I saw it from my living room.

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  18. Pullman WA, sleeping on the roof of the house where I was living. We had a party the night before.

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  19. It was our oldest daughter’s 1st birthday party.
    And she has a explosive temper just Mt St Helens. 🤣 I blame the mountain, hahaha

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  20. I remember thinking it was snowing outside and getting really excited and putting on my clothes and stuff for snow and my mom telling you that I couldn’t even go outside because it wasn’t snow it was Ash the volcano had just erupted and she put towels and things under the door jams

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  21. Working at my dad’s gas station on the corner of 320th and 99 in Federal Way. I saw people getting out of their cars and looking south over the Sea-Tac mall. A giant mushroom cloud was forming. I’ll never forget that day

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  22. Screwed up the paint on my car.

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  23. Have the National Geographic Of This I was in Bothell when she blew

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  24. I remember being at Greenlake. Everyone just frozen in their tracks. I was 8

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  25. We where stationed in Grand Marais Michigan…and all the small town people rushed down to the station to see if any of our family was in danger…we where really only worried about my sister who at the time was living in Yakima…the rest where on the west side of the mountain…but of course we where concerned.

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