My 2 sons are watching this movie for the first time. SInce I was born in in 1981 and in took place in 1970 I cant explain the magnitude of what happened and how the rest of the world reacted. I was hoping some of the old timers could provide some input..
WAAY OT: We Are Marshall
All I remember is when West Virginia played Marshall after that movie came out and made t-shirts with a picture of a plane crash saying "We Were Marshall"
I'd find something redeeming about a Pee Wee Herman movie if she appeared in it.
That was before my time as well but both my parents saw that Marshall team play against Western a couple weeks before the crash.
I've been to Huntington for one game. Very dull town. But the people were nice.
Regarding how the rest of the world reacted - they didn't give a shit.
It was a national news story. It was not a world changing event like 9/11. I think your overestimating the event. Pretty similar to the Russian hockey team plane that crashed last year. A tragedy, but you probably didn't think about it past the day it happened unless you were directly involved with that team.
The main thing that I take from the Marshall tragedy is that now way too many colleges proclaim, "We are (insert school name)." It sort of cheapens that statement of solidarity, assuming that it was in fact begun at Marshall because of the crash.