This past Sunday morning, I woke up feeling a bit down as July 17 was the 20-year anniversary of the crash TWA Flight 800 that killed all 230 passengers, including Amador Valley graduate Danny Gabor.
Of course that mood turned instantly worse with the news out of Baton Rouge about the three police officers being killed. It really got me to thinking about how we react to tragedies throughout the world.
We mourn the loss of life and inside pray that we did not personally know anyone who was killed.
That's not always the case and Danny's passing was one such instance. It's been 20 years, but it seems like just yesterday I was covering Danny when he won the California State High School 800 meters in 1987. It was as emotional event as I ever covered in all my years as a prep writer.
You see, I had known Danny since he was 10 as he played soccer for my father. Danny's dad Don Gabor, was a legend coaching soccer at livermore High before passing in 1979.
In many ways, Danny became another part of our family after his father passed, so when he was becoming one of the top high school 800 meter runners in the country, I had a bit of an emotional investment.
Hughes Stadium in Sacramento was the site of the state meet 1987 and the final race was vintage Danny. Running toward the back of the pack throughout, Danny rallied in the last 120 yards of the race, passing the rest of the field and winning the state title. The excitement of the moment had me standing up in the press box yelling