Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Seeing Oneself Through the Lens of the World
Like many in town, I felt the concussion from the blast, but unaware of the tragic events that were unfolding, I left town for a Sunday lunch date, only to be inundated with calls inquiring about my well-being.
The dailies have performed admirably during the events of the past two days. The Courant has a team of reporters on the case, who are willing to dig in for details that others aren't getting, and it's good to see Josh Kovner back in town with his address book and institutional memory moving him past the obvious facts to the background and the history of Kleen Energy.
The New York Times has done the expected great job. One of the best radio reports I heard was from the BBC on Sunday afternoon. The Danbury NewsTimes took a keen interest in the troubled past of the Kleen Energy operation. And the name of our town, our mayor, and our deputy fire marshall have been heard in broadcasts and read in headlines across the globe.
In fact, watching the Superbowl with friends last night I was told that one friend first heard the news from family in Virginia, and one from family in Chile.
I was asked to appear on Colin McEnroe's local WNPR, public radio show.
All we can hope is that our three recent brushes with infamy is enough for the next decade or two.