Most Americans remember 9-11 … the terrorism attack on the twin towers. But do you ever think about 8-11?
Some folks who were involved with events on August 11th, 1976 will never forget that day. That was the day a young man from Oklahoma named Michael Soles went to the top floor of the Holiday Inn in downtown Wichita, locked himself in a room, and began firing a rifle from a balcony. It was three o’clock in the afternoon. Soles killed three people and wounded eight before a small group of cops shot and captured him. Soles is still in prison.
It was one of the biggest local stories I’ve covered. I was there while the sniper was still shooting. I still have the triple-spaced Associated Press bulletin that traveled around the world … slugged with my station’s call letters, K-E-Y-N.
We don’t often see news like that coming out of Wichita, thank goodness.
Some of us will never forget 8-11 … 36 years ago tomorrow.