What were you doing twenty years ago today? Chances are good you spent at least part of the day watching what has become known in television news lore as the “slow speed chase.”
O.J. Simpson, suspected in the brutal stabbing deaths of his wife and a friend, had been sought by Los Angeles police for days. Suddenly, dozens of police cars began chasing a white Ford bronco on Southern California freeways. The chase was captured on television cameras aboard television station helicopters.
The Bronco chase and subsequent "not guilty" verdict are among the most memorable TV moments in the past 50 years. The Simpson verdict was the third most "universally impactful" televised moment of the last 50 years behind the September 11, 2001, attacks and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to a survey by Nielsen and Sony. Simpson's white Bronco chase came in sixth, behind the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the death of Osama bin Laden.
Domino's Pizza reported record sales of pizza delivery during the chase. Presumably because people were glued to the TV set, not wanting to miss anything, they ordered pizza. In fact, it was watched by more than 150 million people, more than that year’s Super Bowl.
Did you remember that Robert Kardashian, father of Kourtney, Kim, Khloé and Rob, was O. J. Simpson's friend? He read a note by Simpson on the day of the chase and served with his defense team during Simpson's murder trial.
Do you have any particular memories of what you were doing while the Bronco chase was in progress? Share them with us in the comments below!