88 Seconds In Greensboro
by OMD

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  • This song is about the morning of November 3,1979, when 5 civil rights demonstrators were killed by a group of Klan and Nazi Party members in Greensboro, North Carolina. The attack took 88 seconds. >>
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    Susan - Wellington, New Zealand
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  • Jill from Decatur, GaIn January 1986 I was driving to Charlottesville, Va with a friend to go skiing and to visit her brother. We were listening to my OMD tape and had to turn it over (remember those days?). When we popped the tape out, the radio automatically came on and we heard the news about the space shuttle Challenger crashing 73 seconds after takeoff. We pulled over in a daze. After a few minutes, we drove off, the tape kicked in and "88 Seconds In Greensboro" came on..."88 seconds is all it takes"...it was eerie and to this day that song reminds me of the Challenger crash.
  • Rebecca from College Station, TxHello, I am originally from Greensboro, North Carolina and was there when this happened. I remember the sound of the shots being fired and all the frightened citizens. We really did not know at the time what was happening.
    I thank my lucky stars, I no longer live in that city and will never again.
    Rebecca
  • Russ from Greensboro, Mdit is takes abot that long to drive thruogh greensboro md
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