David Beaty
1 min readMay 4, 2020


Four Dead In Ohio

I wasn’t there

Barely sixteen years old

Lived in the Big Valley

Modesto, CA

Before it was American Graffiti town.

My Dad made us watch news at dinner

“Four Dead In Ohio”

Walter Cronkite tells us

College students

Mind Shock

How can this be happening?

How can our best and brightest be dying in a place called Vietnam?



David Beaty

Novelist, screenwriter, poet. Fan of all things writing, film, music. Married forty-two years. Dog lover.