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Simsbury Native, Wife Survive Chinese Catastrophe

There are 13 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 15, 2008, titled Simsbury Native, Wife Survive Chinese Catastrophe. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

John Bergen heard the earth roar Monday afternoon outside his sixth-floor apartment window in Dujiangyan, a city in western China.

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Shelton, CT

#1 May 15, 2008
Tragic but exciting. What a story.
And what an interesting guy. But I'm giving 2 to 1 he'll be moving on.

Deep River, CT

#2 May 15, 2008
All the ingredients of a great news story. Vivid descriptions put me, a reader, on scene. Good job, Courant.
Inga S

United States

#4 May 15, 2008
The story does what it gives to us descriptive words and does it well. What we can't "appreciate" are the sounds and smells and pervading feeling of despair. I can't even begin to imagine the horror of actually being there.

Hartford, CT

#5 May 15, 2008
I think the new criterion for earthquake-proof buildings is that they be built "aloft." But then again, that would leave them vulnerable to strong winds.

Pleasanton, CA

#6 May 15, 2008
Johnson wrote:
get the hell out of china guy, no need to move back to simsbury but geeez what a crappy country, this guy should change his name to John Yue. it sounds like she calls the shots anyway. he probably had to go along cause the wife took his balls along time ago
...and someone obviously hijacked your intelligence quite some time ago...must have been a female....and you're still angry....
One Voice

New York, NY

#7 May 15, 2008
SillyMe wrote:
I think the new criterion for earthquake-proof buildings is that they be built "aloft." But then again, that would leave them vulnerable to strong winds.
Interesting that you mention that. One of my friends when I was in college in the early 80's, told me that in Japan, many of the buildings are built to absorb the shock. His brother lived there and recalls a time when a small earthquake hit, the floor of his apartment had this sort of wave/ripple that went through it.

South Dennis, MA

#8 May 15, 2008
Yes, thanks for making this "local" and important, forgetting about the 35,000+ that have died.


Avon, CT

#9 May 16, 2008
One Voice: please google the definition of the word "aloft." I think you'll be surprised.

Shelton, CT

#13 May 19, 2008
I just heard the Chinks are hiring 10,000,000 English teachers. I think I'll apply. It sounds exciting.
CA Simsbury

Hartford, CT

#14 May 19, 2008
What a tragedy. I feel for the people of China and for all the children that are now orphans, and for the parents that have lost their only child.

But could the fact that since Mr. Bergen, who is from Simsbury, be why this story was put in the Courant??? It kind of makes me wonder.........

Plainville, CT

#16 Mar 8, 2011
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Plainville, CT

#17 Apr 23, 2011
Censored? Why?

Plainville, CT

#18 Apr 23, 2011
This guy sounds like he's too full of himself. What a loser!

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