Tim GilmerBy now all the hoopla about the total solar eclipse is over and you are ready to hear the truth of what really happened that day.

My wife and I drove east through the Columbia Gorge at 3 a.m. to get to Biggs, Oregon, a tiny community of 50 people  on a vast stretch of desert. We looked to the mountains 70 miles to the west. About 2,000 people were already waiting with us among a sea of vehicles. As the moon completely covered the face of the sun, a massive black shadow raced across the desert at 2400 mph and engulfed us in total blackness for a little more than two minutes. Who could ever forget that day: February 26, 1979.

That’s right, 1979. That’s when the real total eclipse happened. The one that was expected to occur on August 21, 2017, never actually happened. Maybe it was because I slept through it, or maybe it was because 38 years had passed since the real eclipse had happened and my attention span had shrunk to a few seconds in the interim. Maybe I just missed it.