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  • March 21, 2008

    So your sister was really impacted, I see!

  • March 21, 2008

    That photo is priceless in more ways than one.

  • March 21, 2008

    The challenger was the first thing I thought of before I even got to your sentence about it! We were vacationing in Florida at the time. I remember being in the hotel room and watching that happen and writing about it afterwards. But no idea what I wrote!

  • March 21, 2008

    I remember that so well!  I’m sure we still have the newspaper for that day.  I think most of us around our age remember that first and foremost.  Such a tragedy.  How interesting to read the perspective of a student so close to the situation!!!  Thanks for sharing!

  • March 21, 2008

    I so knew when you said “Our Parents JFK” that it was the Challenger. I was at the swimming pool waiting in line for the bus to go back to school…I was in the third grade, and I remember that they let us out of school early because we had been “traumatized” by seeing it on TV. (So send us Oregonians home to watch it replayed over and over 1 million times and be less traumatized…WTH?) I can’t even imagine being as close as you were, and being in the “middle” of the frenzy. I love the picture of your sister…so appropriate of a little one at the time!!

  • March 21, 2008

    Me too. I was at recess when the Challenger tragedy occurred. My fifth grade teacher had watched in the teacher’s lounge and she told us what happened when we came back. we were stunned.

    My two other events were the eruption of Mt St Helens in 1980 (we were getting ready for church and I was mad that we couldn’t go to Sunday school out in Castle Rock). I was four. And the fall of the Berlin Wall…and President Reagan talking to the nation on the radio. We were in the car and mom said to remember it because it would be one for the history books.

  • Mrs. Keys
    March 22, 2008

    I was in my kitchen in Friendswood when I learned of the Challenger.  It was also personal because some of the astronauts in the space program went to my church—Clear Lake Presby.  Also, both little girls in the picture are familiar to me as I knew them.  I especially knew the oldest as she was an everyday part of my family.  Hi Honey.  Your Mom gave me your blog site when I wrote to her wanting your address.  I do hope you send me your address via e-mail to my husband at above address.  I don’t do e-mail, rather I write letters.  I’ve thought about you often, Sweetie, and wondered how you were.  Love, Mrs. Keys.

  • Holly
    March 22, 2008

    Yup, I can remember where I was when I heard about the Challenger… Had been out at recess and then all of a sudden everyone had gone in, I must’ve missed the bell or whatever it was that signalled it was time to go in.  (The only time that had ever happened.)  So I go running into class and everyone in there is all sad-faced and the teacher was upset.  I don’t think they had realized I hadn’t come in when I should’ve, so I think she was upset that she didn’t realize it.  Anyhow, I just remember feeling like “It’s not MY fault!” As I think the teacher must’ve taken some of her angst out on me.  As a second grader it somehow felt if I would have come in from recess on time, that tragedy wouldn’t have occurred.

  • March 22, 2008

    I was also in fifth grade, and I wanted to be an astronaut. I convinced my teacher to let us watch the launch in the library, and I remember the shock when we saw the fireball.

    I still went to Space Camp two years later, although I lost my desire to be an astronaut in high school.

  • March 23, 2008

    I remember seeing it and years later I had a high school boyfriend who told me the teacher astronaut that died was his teacher and he saw all his friends crying on tv.

  • March 23, 2008

    I was too young to really remember Challenger.  For me, the event I remember vividly is 9-11 (I was 19 and in my second year of university).

  • Veronica
    March 23, 2008

    Too young to remember Challenger but I remember it was only about 6 days into my senior year in High school; it was the first class of the day for me World History and on comes the t.v. and most of the class thought we were watching a movie…well it wasn’t a movie it was the world trade centers 9-1-1. I remember all of our classes where spent with our eyes glued to the t.v. in shock!

  • March 23, 2008

    I was a freshman in college when this happened (dang, now I feel OLD)...I was still sleeping (Michigan time) and my mom called me from work to tell me.  I remember not understanding what she was saying…it didn’t make sense.

    Ironically, not long before that I briefly dated a guy who is now an astronaut.  Who’ll be heading into space later this year.

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