Jan. 27th, 2006

Challenger

Jan. 27th, 2006 04:46 pm
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Wow. I had completely forgotten that today was the 20th anniversary of the Challenger explosion.
Edit: Ah, that's why I forgot. Because it's not today, it's tomorrow. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] fes42!

General question out there: were you around when it happened? Do you remember it? What do you remember?

I was in the "red room" at J.S.W. high school - basically it was a hallway that had red carpets, and the upper-year students would hang out there between classes. Some Guy (I think it was Alan Gardiner, but wouldn't swear on that) said to Some Other Guy (Joe Gauthier, but again I could be making this all up) "Hey, did you hear about the shuttle?"

"What?"

"It blew up."

"Ha ha."

"No, I'm serious."

"Right."

(Some Other Guy, possibly Bruce Furlonger) "That's not funny, man."

"I'm serious!"

And then somebody else said they'd heard it on the news too, and then during the class change, one of my teachers (Mr. Spence, I know that one for sure) was talking to another teacher about it and it sank in that it was for real. As I recall it, everybody was talking about it that day, and one of the things that struck me about it was how many of my teachers remembered exactly where they'd been when they heard JFK was shot, which naturally came up in a "Hey, I wonder if years from now this generation's going to remember where they were when the Challenger exploded, like we remember JFK being shot" kind of way. One even remembered what mold he'd been looking at under the microscope when a fellow student had rushed into his classroom yelling the news (about JFK, not the shuttle).

Strange, the awful things that stick in your memory.

And here, from [livejournal.com profile] cabenson, is an interesting linke: Seven Myths About the Challenger Disaster.

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