THE HELICOPTER CRASH NEAR THE ICONIC SPACE NEEDLE
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the photojournalist & pilot of the helicopter, as well as those impacted by the horrific accident. It was a shock to everyone, from the whole media community (especially KOMOTV & KING5, who shared use of the helicopter) to residents who have watched the work these two victims did for decades. While we didn't necessarily know their names, they were as much a part of the news delivery to the region as those whos faces we recognize. The images and information they delivered to the viewers of the region were compelling in so many ways.
Over ten million people visit the Seattle Center and Space Needle every year. Thank goodness this didn't happen during one of the most popular times for tourists/visitors to the area. It was a bit too close for me. I've worked on the Seattle Center grounds, off and on, for many years. This happened just off the Seattle Center grounds.
I'm sure that this will also be a topic discussed at the April meeting, just because it will still be on our minds and in our hearts.
Yesterday they interviewed a number of local newspeople who knew the pilot and the photojournalist, most of them were longtime co-workers. Many of those interviewed are people I grew up watching, and who are now retired. It was great seeing them, but sad to see them back onscreen for such a tragic situation.