Kareem's Memoir & Bio

1997

Comet Hale-Bopp
One of the most amazing astronomical events in my lifetime occurred during April when a ccomet hale boppomet that was discovered just a couple of years before made a very close and unexpected appearance in our evening skies. The astronomers weren’t sure as to how bright the comet would appear. But during the months leading up to April, the conglomerate of dirt and ice became brighter and brighter as it appeared in the west just after sunset. When I was at church, or working late hours at school, anyone could just step outdoors and look toward the west. And there it was, the brightest object in the night sky, sans the moon. The comet had the distinctive tail. No one needed binoculars to view it; nor did they need to get away from the city lights. It was there and very hard to miss. I took several photos of it.

Y2K
I listened to a lot of bizarre and weird radio programming and so one of the radio shows I frequently listened to was Art Bell’s Coast to Coast. The show was basically about paranormal happenings such as the “real men in black”, earthquake prediction, governmental cover-ups, chemtrails, UFOs, controlled weather, and other mysterious para-sciency stuff. The show started talking about something called something called the Y2K. It sounded interesting but I was still skeptical that problems might arise due to this computer glitch affecting the date change from 1999 to 2000. It was just a few years away.

Movie hits bsouthparkut television quality was waning
TV was still okay to watch, although I noticed that it was becoming harder and harder to find wholesome television programming. Southpark debuted this year and was unileo decaprioque since it was an animation but certainly not for intended for children. There

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was one really good movie, in terms of the special effects only. Sure, it was a love story with Leo DeCaprio that probably was of some value to teenagers but for those who found the whole Titanic story interesting because of its history and computer-generated imagery, they enjoyed it too. This is where I was. I did find that theimages of the huge sinking ship were quite amazing.

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News events
This princess dianayear I saw two major news events that seemed to change how major news stories were being covered by prime time news. It was tragic and shocking to see the deaths of two iconic women, Princess Diana and then days later by Mother Teresa. The coverage of both of these stories from the accident to the funeral service was very strange in that it was basically a news story that was covered for 24-hours straight. Nonetheless when this occured, I was with the many others who watched the televised funeral services for both women.

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