Now 25 years ago, I was involved in a natural disaster of epic proportions. Several tornadoes came and levelled my flat, featureless hometown, Grand Island, Nebraska ... making it even more flat and featureless. It was pretty astonishing all the way around. They made a cheesy movie called "Night of the Twisters" about it. Since the film was made in Canada, there was a lot of trees in the movie that we didn't have in real life. Now there's a web site for we survivors of the tornadoes, all 34,993 of us (seven people perished).
Because the town was levelled, Jimmy Carter flew in on a plane ensuring that I met him twice. Once at the white house in 1976 and once in Grand Island in 1980. He looked a lot older the second time.