The various childhood memories are interesting, but I just want to point out that the question was specific...
"What is your very first memory, the one that immediately comes to mind and is prominent, an event that others might also recognize?
What I mean by the last part is a major news event, a national news story, a political event, or well-known occurance. Such as (but obviously not limited to) Kennedy assassination, the Korean War, Bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Pearl Harbor, The Stock Market Crash of 1929, the launching of Sputnik, the VietNam War, Nixon resigning (Watergate), Prohibition (or the repeal)... Those are all answers that I've been given (and accepted) over the years. I did except one answer from a woman once (a young woman) that didn't really fit what I was looking for. Her answer was "Saturday Night Fever"...
having talked with her for a little bit, I figured that about summed her up nicely.
(or should that be)
Anyway, I'm not trying to stop people from sharing memories, just clarifying.
For example (forgetting all the other memories), just from david-sempai's post I can tell that he and I are about the same age (OK, I knew that anyway from the fact that I attended some of the same early 80's tournaments that he kicked @$$ in
). AND I can safely say that Allen-sensei is older than either david or myself... with all the perspective of growing up in that different time means. I know there's a better than good chance that there are some things that david and I can "completely relate to" with each other. And that Allen has a perspective that I sometimes envy. Then again, I sometimes envy the perspective (or lack thereof) of the 22 yo woman that gave me a cigar last night at a birthday party! (HA! Figure that
one out... it's not what you think at all...