I am 32, female, from Canada.
I was in class when the "Challenger exploded". While all of my classmates (and teacher) were wondering what happened to the people in the spaceship, I was wondering how they were able to get that piece of crap launched in the first place. I realized that "I'll believe it when I see it" was not the appropriate response at that time. When Columbia exploded, I remarked that the shuttle looked exactly the same as the Challenger. You'd think in 17 years they would you know, make it more modern, to which I was met with "If it isn't broken, why fix it?" to which I said "It never worked in the first place." I realize now that these are not popular answers and people don't like hearing them.
When 9/11 happened, the first thing I did was put my handy VHS into the recorder and taped it for 6 hours. I knew that I might want to look at that footage again sometime when 3D graphics and computer engineering advanced some. When I look back at the footage, I giggle that I actually believed it for a few days.
I graduated from a university well known for its engineering program, and live in a city that Steven Hawking frequents.
I thought 9/11 was real until I saw all of those "missing" posters on the news. How neatly they were put up. That was when my Spidey Sense first thought something was up.
While most of my friends watch "reality TV" (which is such an oxymoron), I watch MayDay, Seconds from Disaster and things like that. I have a fascination with all things Big Oil, and found Crossing the Rubicon a good read.
When I bring up 9/11 as a big fat forgery, I am met with disdain and banter of "Well my Uncle Jim was there." To which I generally ask "At the Twin Towers?" to which I get a general "No, but in New York." Ahhhh, so it MUST be true.
People call me a pessimist and conspiracy theorist. I tend to keep my opinions to myself or talk to my Dad about it. Everyone else just gives me blink blink eyes and a look of "OMG I can't believe you just said that." I generally only approach the subject when my audience is drunk. Less resistance, and I tend to get better feedback.
I find it ironic that Bob McIlvaine was just featured on a documentary I watched yesterday, now changing his tune and saying that it was an inside job. Weird. That is when I decided to join. He is creeping the crap out of me.