|Salt Lake City 1999|
A good blog friend emailed me this weekend, telling me she didn’t get a job she had hoped for. Uhg. I was immediately reminded of three amazing job failures I’ve had.
I was a Broadcast Journalism graduate and in 1999 I was interning at a local TV station, KSL, in Salt Lake City. I thought it was intimidating, but so fun to go out on stories. I was always fascinated how the reporters would get recognized wherever we would go.
I worked hard. I was even given two positions as a station Tour Guide and as a temporary Associate Producer while interning. Then! I was offered a full-time position as an Associate Producer. Woo-hoo! I was scheduled to fill out paperwork on August 11 at 1:00 pm
I might have been a little extra…I don’t know the right word…uptight timely back then. I would always go early to work and just hang out in my car, in the parking lot, for about fifteen minutes. Traffic was so unpredictable and I was NEVER late.
The next day the woman who had given me the job was leaving to a different state. She said not to worry–I had the job. I only needed to fill out the paperwork.
The station manger called me into his office just after she left and said, in fact, “You do NOT have the job.” What!?! I had, previously, told him that my goal was to work on camera, and he was looking for someone long-term. I was crushed.
So, from 12:45 pm to 1:00 pm on August 11, when I should have been sitting in the parking lot, waiting to fill out paper work, I was just chillin’ in my apartment. That’s when it hit!
It struck from 12:45-12:55 pm, right through downtown Salt Lake, exactly where I would have been sitting in my car! All of the car windows were blown out of the cars in that parking lot. Eighty people were injured and a man died in the trade show tent that was adjacent to the parking lot.