Happy 59th Birthday, Alfred Preston Christian! (July 13, 1961 to June 19, 1980)
It’s very sad that Alfred died 40 years ago in 1980 from the head and brain injury he got when his blue Camaro crashed into a tree back on June 15, 1980. He was hooked up to machines that could help him breathe and monitor his vital signs, but when his brain died his body died soon afterwards. It was very devastating to my family.
I was 15 at the time. No one, not even Alfred, realized that I was autistic. My Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis came in 2002. I still find it amazing that no one thought about autism. They all assumed I was just a problem child trying to get attention. They were so wrong.
It was always peculiar to everyone that Alfred was so popular with a lot of people during his brief life. He usually did everything he wanted to do, and it didn’t bother anyone.
He would talk about favorite TV shows and movies that he liked (All In The Family, The Godfather, Sanford & Son, The Omen, etc.) and everyone was okay with that. However, when I spoke about my favorite TV shows and movies (Happy Days, Jaws, Six Million Dollar Man, The Sting, etc.) there was hostility towards me. Also, I would talk about how much I love the music of the Beatles and ended facing a lot of pissed off comments from the other kids at school. The ones who would harass me constantly were never satisfied with anything I said or did. From their point of view, I wasn’t supposed to like those TV shows, movies, and music.
By the time I graduated from high school, I completely disregarded them. I don’t even bother to do the reunion parties for my old high school.
NOT WORTH IT!