Two things coincided on Tuesday: Americans remembered the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 69 years ago to the day, and the newly-configured Costa Mesa City Council picked a new mayor and mayor pro-tem. I leave it to you to decide which of these happenings is historically more important.
Those of us who were around on Dec. 7, 1941, like to play a little game that goes where-were-you-when-they-hit-Pearl-Harbor? There are probably millions of accounts that have been jazzed up over the years, but I've stuck steadfastly to the facts.
I was in the middle of a warmed up meatloaf lunch at Mrs. Daley's boarding house in Columbia, Mo., when one of my lunch companions, who had judiciously retreated from the meatloaf, dashed back to the dining room, shouting "get in here, quick." And so we all huddled around Mrs. Daley's radio until President Roosevelt came on and told us in his first fireside chat that we were at war.