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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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2014-01-19 08:17:54 AM
We immediately went to red alert and raised shields.
2014-01-19 09:23:11 AM
I was living in Florida at the time, and in 3rd grade. Ironically, it had gotten so cold the night before and that morning, that school had been canceled because the schools water main had burst. I found this disappointing, because we were going to watch the shuttle launch that day because of the teacher going into space, so I turned on the tv to the launch so I could watch. No one else was in the room when the shuttle blew.

When it happened I ran outside to tell my mom who was doing laundry, but she thought that I had just misinterpreted what I was seeing. It wasn't till I dragged her inside to see for herself that she believed it. She immediately became rooted to the spot, so I ran outside and climbed the tallest tree we had to the very top (some 75-100 feet) and looked in the appropriate direction. Sure enough, I saw the smoke column way off in the distance.

Ordinarily this would be the end of the tale, but that summer, we moved to Salt Lake City. Which is where Morton Thiokol, makers of the faulty rocket boosters that caused the explosion, were based. For the next 6-10 years, I got to see all the news reports covering progress on the new shuttle boosters, and got to see the tests with my own eyes from my yard, (they would lay the test boosters down in an enormous cradle built for the purpose on the mountainside, and light it off. Which was cool, but always made you wonder what you'd spend the next little while breathing.) even went on a tour of the place when they started giving them in an effort to rehabilitate their public image.

It was my first lesson in the consequences of corporate greed. A shuttle destroyed, a crew of 7 national heroes who didn't just die, but died badly, an enormous blow to national pride, the setting back of our space program for a decade, and all because the company didn't want to have to pay for a redesign/replacement for a part they knew damned-well was faulty.
2014-01-19 11:22:23 AM
It's interesting how important it is for some people to share what they were doing when an event they are unconnected to happened. Often times, your memories are inaccurate. So, essentially, this thread is a bunch of strangers sharing flawed memories.

In other words, the event was interesting. You watching TV is not.
2014-01-19 12:51:43 PM

The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: It's interesting how important it is for some people to share what they were doing when an event they are unconnected to happened.

Wow, you're awesome.  You do know that a) the thread had asked for that, and b) that a lot of people who posted did have some connection to the event.  Right?
2014-01-19 12:54:45 PM

Broktun: The class went to the library to watch the news. . .it had the only TV in the school.

Sort of like my experience with 9/11.  We were at work, and Betty in the next cubicle over had the Today show on her radio (can you even still do that?).  She told us what they said, so one of us (I think it was probably Trish) called the maintenance man to wheel the only TV in the company from the training room into our suite.  We turned it on a few seconds after it turned 9:03.  For the rest of the day our room was the gathering spot for everyone from the company president to the mailroom people.

I think we turned the TV off around 3pm the next day.

\we had a couple of people at whichever MCC campus was the triage center
\\one of the execs was on his way to an investor meeting...with a company that didn't exist by the time he got there.
\\\and a HS friend worked for Marsh & McLennan... I doubt she felt a thing.
2014-01-19 01:40:24 PM
I remember my fifth grade teacher being called into the hallway, which wasn't an unusual thing. Then she told us. I don't think I saw footage until that night on the news. I remember I was one of the kids who had some understanding the depth of the tragedy and feeling kind of numb. Of course, there were the few kids in my class who laughed until the teacher cut them in half with her glare. I really didn't like that woman, but it didn't matter at that moment.
2014-01-19 04:04:38 PM
I didn't see it, probably rubbing one out.
2014-01-19 06:29:48 PM
443rd Civil Engineering Squadron, Altus AFB OK

My boss a year later was a former rescue helicopter pilot who was the first on-scene commander. Said he tried looking for survivors in the water but had to leave the area because too much debris was still falling out of the sky.
2014-01-19 08:42:38 PM
My partner and I pulled over our furniture delivery truck to watch it in Winter Park Fl (near Orlando) like we usually did any time a shuttle went off. It was a pretty cold morning by Florida standards. We were listening to the AM broadcast on the radio. The moment it exploded there was a split second of static thru the speakers, then the fireball. We rushed to our next customer and told them to turn on the TV. That vapor trail and explosion cloud was visible almost all day.
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