It's hard to believe it's been nearly three decades since reporter Ken Schram, photographer Dave Crockett and I, as sound man, spent two weeks covering the initial rumblings of the mountain in March of 1980.
No one knew what was going to happen or how big it could possibly be. Every time it puffed, we thought that the next one would be the Big One.
Eventually, other crews cycled in and out, and then on May 18th, it finally blew its top - literally. Bob Throndsen was the anchor for our one hour 5 p.m. newscast that Sunday. Here is a 20-minute edited version of our how we covered the blast.