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(WTKR)   Man sorting through old box in grandparents' house finds never before seen pics of the Challenger disaster, blasting subby right back to his fourth-grade classroom. Where were you older Farkers that day? (with the pics)   (wtkr.com) divider line 309
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2014-01-18 07:02:43 AM
I was at work.  Passing by the breakroom where a television was on 24/7 (manufacturing plant).
I was the only one there to see.  Broke my heart.
 
2014-01-18 07:38:07 AM
I was sitting in Computer Science class, senior year of High School. When the announcement came of the disaster, and the teacher asked if we knew anything about this particular mission, I was the only student in class that knew a teacher was among the crew.

My CS class was full of morons.
 
2014-01-18 07:57:27 AM

MmmmBacon: I was sitting in Computer Science class, senior year of High School. When the announcement came of the disaster, and the teacher asked if we knew anything about this particular mission, I was the only student in class that knew a teacher was among the crew.


I had just finished my grade 12 English exam and was heading home for lunch when I heard it in the car.

/Grad '86 represent
 
2014-01-18 08:12:12 AM
I was late for school (sophomore year), at my best friend Gina's house, watching the launch while putting on our makeup. I don't even remember if we ever made it to school that day.
 
2014-01-18 08:15:09 AM
Was working plainclothes security for Macy's and wandered over to Electronics to watch the launch (it was a slow day). When the few of us there realized what we had just witnessed, it was like we all went numb. Within a few hours, nearly the entire store was empty, except for the employees. A very sad day.
 
2014-01-18 08:17:42 AM
My boss told me as I walked into the shop that morning

/I thought he was joking
 
2014-01-18 08:20:36 AM
I was a teenager, watching it live, unprepared for it to get sickening.

I remember what seemed like a rather long time when I was thinking "ummm....this...seems very wrong...." but the commentators weren't really saying much.

Later I would watch the events of 9/11 unfold live on tv from beginning to end, and despite the obvious differences I'm left with this sense of a farked-up set of bookends.
 
2014-01-18 08:21:08 AM
I was a junior in HS pulling a Ferris Bueller, though without the good times and quirky soundtrack.  I turned on the TV after finally getting up, saw the news and sat there the rest of the day.
 
2014-01-18 08:26:17 AM
What really brought it home for me was when I got home from school that afternoon, and saw the announcement on MTV that they were immediately retiring the hourly "Moonman" intro. That may seem kinda weird, but it brought home the enormity of the event, that this quite literally changed things forever. Our space program during my lifetime (born in 68) had been mostly a model of efficiency and safety, especially the Shuttle program. That was over, and our country and in some ways the world hasn't been the same since.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-01-18 08:27:31 AM
I was playing piano in the living room while my family huddled at the other end of the house with the TV. So I missed it live but saw the replays about as often as I got to see the Tacoma Narrows Bridge video in a series of science and engineering classes.

If you remember Challenger, you also remember a time when you could not watch any video in the history of video with a mouse click. You had to wait for replays on TV. You had to wait for the projector to be rolled into class and the teacher to order the film. You had to have a blank tape ready and hit record at the right time (not valid with Macrovision-protected video inputs).
 
2014-01-18 08:39:32 AM
I was driving to work, second-shift, and heard about it on the radio. Very little was done that evening.
 
2014-01-18 08:41:51 AM
Remember how they had kindergartners from around the country watching the launch on live TV? 'Cause I sure as shiat remember.
 
2014-01-18 08:42:10 AM
It was my day off, and I celebrated with a wake-n-bake, so it was very unreal.
 
2014-01-18 08:43:32 AM
Brave people died that day.

CFB Summerside PEI.
 
2014-01-18 08:43:43 AM
I was 1 1/2, so likely playing with toys or watching Fraggle Rock or something.
 
2014-01-18 08:44:24 AM
sophomore in high school just leaving lunch to go back to class when the news went through the cafeteria quickly.  they had a radio in the school store so I went down to listen and confirm what was up.
 
2014-01-18 08:44:26 AM
I was in second grade, and we were all a little upset that we didn't get to see the shuttle launch. We'd been hearing about this "teacher in space" for over a year, but we weren't going to see it happen. Then during recess we starting picking up on a vibe from the teachers that "something" had happened to the shuttle. We were kids, so we had all sorts of theories, including UFOs and the like. The teachers weren't really saying anything. Now, it was a private, religious school, so suddenly we were all herded into the chapel for a special prayer service. That's when we learned what had happened. When I got home, I finally got to see the footage. Because it was on every channel, and that meant I didn't get to see my cartoons that day.
 
2014-01-18 08:45:31 AM
  I watched it live not sure what I was seeing.
 
2014-01-18 08:45:48 AM
I was in first grade, but I watched it at home.  When I happened, I thought "This is a big deal" so I grabbed a polaroid camera and took an entire cartridge's worth of photos of the TV.
 
2014-01-18 08:45:48 AM
Sophomore year, geometry class.  We were watching it live on TV.

Say what you want about Reagan, but he delivered his "surly bonds of earth" speech masterfully afterwards.
 
2014-01-18 08:46:09 AM
I was in my 5th grade class taught by Mr. Griffin.
 
2014-01-18 08:46:11 AM
Electronics class in HS.  The principal announced it over the intercom and my electronics teacher cried...crusty shop teacher type.  Not boo-hoo but taking off glasses to wipe tears...I'll never forget that.
 
2014-01-18 08:47:50 AM
I was a college junior, and was in a class when it happened.  Got back to my dorm room and turned on the TV just as news coverage was starting to ramp up.
 
2014-01-18 08:48:24 AM
Rounding at the VA hospital in Wichita. One of those truly unbelievable moments. I remember seeing the first images and thinking we were just seeing the boosters separate and the shuttle was not in that huge gas ball. Took a while for it to sink in.

Interesting, most of us who remember seeing broadcasts from that day recall seeing it on live TV. But that shuttle launch was one of the first not broadcast on network television and most of us saw replays.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/11031097/ns/technology_and_science-space/t /m yths-about-challenger-shuttle-disaster/#.UtqFmUbnbIU
 
2014-01-18 08:48:27 AM
At home, working on my resume (on an IBM Selectric Typewriter) and job applications. Looking at "Want Ads" in a thing called a "newspaper." Going to real buildings with real people submitting job applications, and having something different to converse about for about a week.
 
2014-01-18 08:48:31 AM
I was a high school junior standing in line at lunch. We hadn't seen footage so there were rumors of the shuttle intact and floating in the Atlantic.

/nope.
//yes, I know. Thank you.
 
2014-01-18 08:49:08 AM
Darmstadt, Germany 94th (combat heavy) Engineer Battalion
 
2014-01-18 08:49:10 AM
In college. Kid across the hall came over and said it blew up. Nobody believed him.
 
2014-01-18 08:49:20 AM
I was about 7 years old, and I remember knowing that a teacher was on board. Being so young, I have to ask the older Farkers, was it pretty standard for people to make a point to watch shuttle launches? I don't remember ever watching shuttle launches after that (probably for good reason). But it seems like a lot of people were looking forward to this launch. Was it because this one had a civilian or was it pretty standard to get this excited about a launch?
 
2014-01-18 08:49:52 AM
I don't remember
 
2014-01-18 08:50:50 AM
I was at home sick from school that day. I turned on the TV to watch the launch and was stunned and confused about what happened.
 
2014-01-18 08:51:01 AM
7 dead.... 0 held accountable.


NASA repeated the trick of knowingly killing 7 when they returned Columbia.
 
2014-01-18 08:51:19 AM
I was in my forth grade class. Didn't see it happen, sixth graders saw it.
 
2014-01-18 08:52:24 AM
I was in bed with the flu.
No school = no t.v. rule was overlooked that day.
 
2014-01-18 08:53:04 AM

Maturin: Rounding at the VA hospital in Wichita. One of those truly unbelievable moments. I remember seeing the first images and thinking we were just seeing the boosters separate and the shuttle was not in that huge gas ball. Took a while for it to sink in.

Interesting, most of us who remember seeing broadcasts from that day recall seeing it on live TV. But that shuttle launch was one of the first not broadcast on network television and most of us saw replays.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/11031097/ns/technology_and_science-space/t /m yths-about-challenger-shuttle-disaster/#.UtqFmUbnbIU


That's right. I was listening to the radio. They covered up until it cleared the pad, then had to break back in when everyone realized something had gone wrong. We were reminded that day, as we were 17 years later, that manned space flight is still something of an R&D program.
 
2014-01-18 08:53:10 AM
I was 25, and I'm still alive.  I was getting in my truck to head out to an auction.  Missed the auction of course.
 
2014-01-18 08:54:21 AM
A friend and I had just left his apartment to head out to the mall when a young teen we considered pretty damn stupid ran up and told us that the space shuttle had just blown up. We shrugged it off and continued on our way. When we arrived at the mall the CMC (tv / stereo store) near the entrance had tvs in the front window, needless to say the replays were on and we spent the next hour in shock.
 
2014-01-18 08:55:29 AM
I was at work and a friend of mine came up to my desk to tell me the mission had blown up seconds after liftoff.  After a prolonged silence, I realized there was no punch line and I felt awful the rest of the day.
 
2014-01-18 08:55:34 AM
I was living in Chile, and something caught my eye as I walked past the newsstand.  I stopped, bought a paper and learned of it that way.  I still have that paper.
 
2014-01-18 08:58:19 AM
11th grade Oceanography class. They wheeled in a tv and we watched the coverage right after it happened.

For 9/11, getting ready for work and just out of shower, Howard Stern on radio with TV on mute. Drying off and see TV is covering some skyscraper that has smoke coming out of it. I turn the tv up and they're talking about a plane hitting and as they say this I watch the second plane hit.

For Red Wedding, was in tub and crapped self. Had to then take shower - shower of tears. :(
 
2014-01-18 09:00:44 AM
I was in 8th grade, having lunch. My social studies teacher came up to us and told us that the shuttle had exploded. We thought he was joking with us.

When the principal got on the PA system to tell everyone the news, afterwards, you could hear a pin drop in the school.
 
2014-01-18 09:01:52 AM
Sophomore, U of Oregon School of Music.
Came back from class and my roomies are sayin'

"OMG the shuttle blew-up ! "
 
2014-01-18 09:02:29 AM
I was in 4th grade. My principal came into the classroom, pulled the teacher aside, and then almost immediately the teacher gasped and burst into tears. Throughout the day all of the adults looked sad beyond words. Not of them told us, though. Not one. The principal decided that a noteworthy historical event wasn't worth losing two class periods in the afternoon.

I came home and my dad was watching the coverage. I was stunned beyond words. The sad thing is, because I know what actually happened and why, with the additional knowledge that they didn't die until they hit the water, I'm still stunned. It was my first encounter with the casual, callous nature of government. but not my last.
 
2014-01-18 09:02:54 AM
Fourth grade, watched it live.  Our school was small enough that we watched it with fifth graders.  I still remember when the shuttle blew up, the announcer saying: obviously, a major malfunction.  Even at that age, I remember thinking: no shiat.
 
2014-01-18 09:03:15 AM

Unobtanium: That's right. I was listening to the radio. They covered up until it cleared the pad, then had to break back in when everyone realized something had gone wrong. We were reminded that day, as we were 17 years later, that manned space flight is still something of an R&D program


I still find it astonishing.  25-30 years ago manned space flight was in its infancy and the nation was captivated every time a launch occurred.  There was so much promise.  Now, the US doesn't even have a manned spaceflight program and no one even knows when missions launch.

Sad.
 
2014-01-18 09:04:42 AM
Laying on the couch nursing a hangover and watching a shiatty game show.  I don't remember the show, but I do remember I had solve the clue (WHALES), but the idiot contestants had not.

A "news break" broke in, and the news casters where like "It appears there has been a malfunction on the Space shuttle, we are told it happens at 1:xx on the video".  Then they show the video, starting with the shuttle on the pad.  I don't think the newscaster even knew what the "malfunction" was until it happend
 
2014-01-18 09:04:51 AM
I'm not old, dammit!!! F*CK YOU!!

...

and I don't remember. I have a vague memory of watching it in the school library but I think it was a recording of it. Not live. In retrospect that's kind of weird isn't it? Huh.
 
2014-01-18 09:05:05 AM
6th grade, watching live in class. I made a stupid 6th grader comment, then realized what I'd said. Learned to think before speaking that day, at least a little bit.
 
2014-01-18 09:05:59 AM
As a freshman member of the A/V club, I was in the library recording the broadcast for the teachers to use later that morning.  Watched it all live.
 
vpc
2014-01-18 09:06:25 AM

Fabric_Man: Remember how they had kindergartners from around the country watching the launch on live TV? 'Cause I sure as shiat remember.


Me too except I was in first grade.
 
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