Probably not surprising, my memories have to do with movies. I’m an awards nut, especially an Academy Awards nut. From the time that I can remember existing, I’ve only ever missed two Oscar telecasts, and one of them was Reagan’s fault. Well, Hinckley’s.
At the time I worked for a driveaway company and I drove cars for a living. I was driving a car to Wyoming and taking a Greyhound bus back home. I timed everything just perfectly so I could get to the town, deliver the car, get to the motel, eat dinner and watch the Oscars, and then take the bus the next morning so I could be back for my next delivery.
Reagan got shot that day and they postponed the Oscars until the next evening, when I was on the Greyhound, alternately fuming and depressed because I was missing seeing my favorite actress at the time, Sissy Spacek, win the Best Actress Oscar for my favorite movie of that year, Coal Miner’s Daughter.
Besides Sissy’s win, that was the year that Ordinary People won Best Picture :rolleyes:, and Robert DeNiro won Best Actor for Raging Bull. For the geeks, The Empire Strikes Back won a couple of awards too.