Loma Prieta, October 17, 1989
When the earthquake hit, cameraman Jerry McEowen and I, working for the NBC station in Bay Area, followed the smoke to the collapsed double-decked freeway. Jerry was a big, plain Midwesterner. His shooting was nothing fancy, but he was brave, funny, and absolutely had my back. We climbed up the broken masonry of the highway, still shaking from aftershocks and still on fire. That’s Jerry in the middle of the picture at the top of this post making the video linked here. And that’s me toward the top, looking for our next shot. The still picture was taken by Michael Macor, then at the Oakland Trib. It won him a Pulitzer Prize.