23/26 Growing up in east Germany and when the wall came down there were all the horrible news on tv about war and crime.
24/26 My father worked for a large US company and when I was 8 he got a promotion and we moved to Mexico City. This was in the late 70s. A year later the company issued us 24 hour bodyguards. Guns were a rare thing in Mexico back then, but these guys were all armed. Walls around the house were made taller and reinforced doors were added. We had a checklist of questions by the phones in the house detailing what questions to ask in the event of a kidnapping.
Several executives were kidnapped and/or murdered by strikers and for the next 5 years we didn't go anywhere without security.
25/26 When I was four, I was hit by a truck as I crossed the street to play with a friend. Fortunately, the truck stopped just as it hit me and I only needed stitches on my forehead.
My mom recounts that I was never the same after that. She would often catch me with a very serious look on my face and in my eye that let her know that I knew that there was something wrong with the world.
26/26 When a stray shell from a gun at Pearl Harbor firing at attacking planes struck a building next to an elementary school in our neighborhood on Dec 7, 1941. That scared the bejeebers out of me as it did everyone else in the neighborhood. Then a bunch of us kids got onto the roof of a neighborhood movie theater and watched the attack on Pearl Harbor. Scariest day of my life.