I had something else planned for today’s post but then I saw the headline about the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. 73 seconds after takeoff, the Challenger exploded and seven lives were taken away. I was off at college and I remember calling home and just bursting into tears when my mother answered the phone. I have no idea why it affected me so strongly, and still does, but I cannot make it through Kenny G’s Auld Lang Syne (Millennium Mix)  without tearing up all over again. Even now, just writing this post, I’m wiping my eyes and trying to come up with a reason for bawling at work in a mach0-infested office.

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.'” Ronald Reagan

Do you remember where you were for this tragedy or have you just read about it?

I wonder, is this my Kennedy assasination?


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  2. Monica Says:

    I’m one of the generation for whom this was the first touch of real national tragedy.

    I was in 4th grade and they wheeled in TVs to all the classrooms so we could watch the first teacher going into space. I will never forget the stunned silence in the classroom an the rushed collection of the TVs, or the feeling of heartbreak all that night as I cried while my mom watched the evening news. Like you, I’m not sure why it touched me so deeply – but two years ago standing at the Kennedy Space Center Memorial I still sobbed like the 4th grader I was that day.

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