MNEWS: Alma Mater responded to an attack on The Riverdale Press in 1980

2019-Feb-28

POINT OF VIEW
Thirty years after bombing: Intimidated? No. Thankful? Yes
Posted February 28, 2019
By RICHARD L. STEIN

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It’s funny how emotions overtake you when you least expect it.

It’s been a long while — 30 years — since terrorists firebombed the little building on Broadway that housed The Riverdale Press. But from time to time, sometimes out of the blue, I’ll have a flashback to that night and get a lump in my throat, or a knot in my chest.

A report of some new atrocity at a school in Florida or a synagogue in Pittsburgh will bring me back to that night with a shudder.

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Most touching were the hundreds of readers who just showed up at the scene, not to gawk, but to give us hugs and mugs of hot coffee, hot cocoa, sandwiches, doughnuts and cookies. Brother Thomas
Scanlan — president of Manhattan College — and Sister Doris Smith — president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent — were among the first to arrive.

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[JR: Hmmm, 1980.  I don’t think I heard about it?  No good deed is ever forgotten.]

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