Every morning, I listen to the Dan Patrick Show on my way to work. I had a late start this morning because I was waiting for a plumber to come fix a leaky water heater.
So Patrick always does a kind of "today in history" portion. You know, what was in the news today.
April 6 is the 17th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's suicide.
Really? Has it been that long?
I remember the day because my mother and I were driving to Charleston to visit my sister, Dorothy, when the news came on the radio.
Was I a Nirvana fan?
In fact, the fall before he died, a bunch of us went to the Omni in Atlanta to see a Nirvana concert. I can't remember who opened. It didn't matter because we were late getting to the venue because we had gone out to eat first.
I do remember that the songs were pretty monotonous. At one point, I turned to my friend Tom McCafferty and said, "Didn't they just play this song?"
His reply? "I don't think so. The lighting is different."
This morning, just as I drove into the parking garage, Patrick asked his team, the Dan-ettes, what Cobain will be remembered for.
I think it's the Seattle grunge scene and flannel shirts.
And I really believe Nirvana was the voice of that generation of the now young adults who were growing up in the early 1990s.
RIP, Kurt Cobain.