i was like 4 when this happened, but i remember it a little bit. the best thing to come out of the whole thing was the simpsons episode parodied after the incident, and the song that followed.
we're sending our love down the well
all the way downclick here for link
"Not all the participants in her drama have fared as well. Her parents divorced; Robert O'Donnell, one of her rescuers, committed suicide eight years later (due, his brother said, to the stress and attention); and the portrayal of people in a subsequent film of the rescue split the community so badly the local mayor had to appoint a commission to settle the squabbles."