December 26, 2002
Thank you, Midland

Remember Baby Jessica, the little girl who was rescued from a well in Midland in 1987? She's sixteen years old now and hopes to live a normal life.

"I've always wanted to be a normal person," McClure told Tyler television station KETK. "But I could never imagine my life without being Baby Jessica because it's all I've ever been."

McClure, now 16, said she doesn't remember anything about the day that has defined her life.

But much of the world can still recall the 2 1/2 days of anxiously awaiting word from rescuers, who worked desperately to free the toddler from a pipe only 8 inches wide.

Her family, rescuers and a television audience of millions shared a collective sigh of relief when a paramedic rose from a rescue shaft with Jessica in his arms.

McClure said she hopes to go to college, get married and have four children.

I wish her luck. In the meantime, she's in a select group of people who've had a song written about them by the Austin Lounge Lizards.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 26, 2002 to The great state of Texas | TrackBack