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Where Were You 25 Years Ago Today..

RascalRascal Posts: 3,512
edited 9:16PM in EggHead Forum
When the Challenger was lost just moments after liftoff?..


  • bennybenny Posts: 109
    just graduated from college at my first job at general motors in dayton oh.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,969
    I am so old it seems I was doing what I am doing now.
    I think I need a drink :unsure:
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  • I was watching the liftoff in my dorm room at BGSU. I called my best friend who worked at the paper and told her about it and then sat there and watched the coverage for the rest of the day. Very sad.
  • Jupiter JimJupiter Jim Posts: 2,414
    I was in Jupiter FL, doing electrical work in a restaurant kitchen when the pastry chef came in and told me about it. I ran out to look, I could see the vapor trails very clearly. Yes a sad day for America.
    Jupiter Jim

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  • PattyOPattyO Posts: 883
    That launch had been delayed so many times that I actually watched it live on CNN. This is the coverage you watch over and over hoping for a different outcome. The pictures of the teacher's parents watching the launch and failure are burned in my brain.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,118
    I was in Longwood Fl (75 miles West) and saw the launch on tv and went outside to see it and saw the explosion. Best man at my wedding in '67 had been in town for the previous scheduled launch that was cancelled. He and his wife were guests of Judy Resnick. My friends wife had gone to U Maryland with Judy. A sad day in history.
  • Sitting in a pickup truck at the tank farm telling a coworker the shuttle shouldn't go up :(
    Ten years ago went to Houston Space Center and the Space Museum was extremly moving
    Still get choked up...
  • I was in school watching it on tv. I was 7 but still remember it vividly.
  • I was in Macon, Georgia at the Union Switch and Signal plant testing equipment for the Long Island Rail Road. The 2 people I was testing the equipment with were employees of that plant. Their names were Clack and Karen. Karen left for a few minutes while Clack and myself continued testing. I will never forget when Karen came back she had tears streaming down her face. When I asked her what was the matter she told me that the Challenger blow up. I looked at her and in disbelief told her in a not so nice way not to screw around and joke like that. She finally got me to turn on the radio and I just sat there in shock. I canceled the remaining testing for the day and just listened to the event. There is one thing that I would like to point out about that particular radio station we listened to in Macon that day. The event was only about 20 minutes old and I guess the station manager or DJ but have been bored with the whole affair. The DJ just turns on his microphone and says "what a real shame here is a little song to move things on." The station then plays Space Oddity by David Bowie. The radio never made it passed the opening chorus as it became part of the wall. That station in my opinion was run by a bunch of A-holes.
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  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,382
    I had just walked into the audio-visual department of the county library. There was a large screen TV at the far end of the room. I saw this huge smoke trail that broke into pieces. I thought "What the H_ was that!?" And then I found out.
  • egretegret Posts: 4,072
    I was an engineer on the Space Shuttle program (with Honeywell) and was out for a noon time run (a break during work) and saw the launch and break-up of Challenger......devastating scene, visually and emotionally!
  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,791
    I was in 8th grade in Sarasota watching it on TV while at school.
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    I was at home that morning having breakfast and watching it on TV.
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  • i was at home sick that wife called me downstairs and said "i think something happened to the shuttle"....the commentators were sitting there saying "oh look, a parachute, maybe they are ok (it was the chute from one of the solid rocket boosters)". ...i just looked at the tv picture, turned to my wife and said "they are all gone"....hard to believe its been that long!
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Living and working in Bradenton, Fl
  • RascalRascal Posts: 3,512
    I had just landed at San Antonio for a brief stopover. Decided to walk to the main terminal and happened to glance into a little watering-hole along the way. The first re-runs were just being aired and I stood there motionless while trying to digest the devesting news of such a tragedy...
  • This is actually one of my earliest vivid memories. I was 6, and in first grade at Captain School in Clayton, MO. The schools were making a big deal of the launch, because of the teacher on board. I remember being upset that the first grade class would not be watching the broadcast of the launch, since my sister, who was in seventh grade, would be watching it live in class.

    Despite our class not being able to watch the broadcast, I remember being aware when the launch was happening, that the other kids in the school were watching it at that moment. I also remember knowing that something had gone wrong, but I didn't know what. It wasn't until that afternoon, as we were walking home from school, that my sister told me what happened. I remember her being very upset by what she had seen. My family didn't have a TV at the time, so I didn't see footage of the incident until many years later, on the internet. I doubt if my parents would have let me see it back then anyway, given how it affected my sister.

    Events like this are a fascinating glimpse into our national psychology. Sociologists must have a field day with these kinds of things. What is it about events like these that grabs our attention, and draws such an emotional response, when a chopper going down in Afghanistan, killing a similar number of soldiers barely gets barely a mention in the news, and little emotion from the general public?
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,743
    I was waiting in line with an arm load of merchandise at a mom & pop craft store that was going out of business. They had a TV on behind the cashier.
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    Dunlap, IL
  • AngelaAngela Posts: 540
    I was at work, and saw it happen on tv while I was there.
    Egging on two larges + 36" Blackstone griddle
  • icemncmthicemncmth Posts: 1,157
    I was working nights for UPS and was too tired to sleep so I was watching it on TV.
  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    I was at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejune standing in line with my mom to get a prescription for me in the pharmacy for an antibiotic for strep throat(most likely I had a million times as a kid). We watched it happen live.
  • I was at work and the news spread like wildfire even without a TV or radio in our office.



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  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I was sitting at the same desk I am at today. -RP
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 4,277
    At home watching He-Man or playing with Matchbox cars would be my guess
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    having breakfast in a cafeteria in concord NH, her "town"...

    was a surreal moment, to be sure. most of the schools in NH at the time set up televisions in the auditoriums for all the kids to watch, too. no one really understood at that instant what it really meant, until the shot of her parents in the audience and the announcement a few seconds later

    suddenly a collective dawning that NASA was 'human' after all.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • JeffersonianJeffersonian Posts: 4,244
    At my desk at work, in Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil. I heard about the explosion from our secretary, Eliana.
  • I was in High School Biology class. One of the other teachers came to the back window and called our teacher over to tell her. Our teacher called us over to the window, we could see the smoke plume as we were less than 50mi away.
  • Probably wandering around the house... I was an ankle biter! :laugh:
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    At work waitressing. We had bugged the boss to let us bring in a tv so we could watch it. Service stopped for about an hour, and not one customer complained.
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  • ThrillThrill Posts: 32
    Remember it like it was yesterday. I was sixteen years old. Was home from school for some reason, and was getting ready to go to the dentist. Was sitting on the ottoman in the family room watching the launch when it happened. I initially thought it was the boosters separating, but then it just didn't look like the other shuttle launches. What a sad, sad day.
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