For some reason I find myself thinking about Budd Dwyer, the former Pennsylvania treasurer who, in 1987, held a press conference, handed out letters to be given to different people, then removed a gun from a paper bag, stuck it beneath his chin and killed himself—all on television.
Most people reading this probably have no idea whereof I speak. But, on January 22, 1987, I was a 14-year-old kid watching the news when I saw the report about Dwyer. The TV showed most of the man’s final minutes of life, and the video came to a hault only when he was about to press the trigger. Thanks to the wonder of YouTube (sarcasm intended here), one can watch the entire episode. It is beyond disturbing.
Not sure why I’m blogging about this, except to say that Dwyer’s suicide has never left me. I remember it in the same way I think of the Challenger explosion and 9.11