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1986 seems a lifetime ago:
Tuesday, January 28
…I was getting a briefing for a meeting I was to have with network anchors – an advance on the St. of the Union address scheduled for tonight. In cam Poindexter & V.P. with the news the shuttle Challenger had blown up on takeoff. We all then headed for a TV & saw the explosion re-played. From then on there was only subject – the death of the 6 crew & 1 passenger – Mrs. McAuliffe, the teacher who had won the right to make the flight. There is no way to describe our shock & horror. …
My memories of that day in high school physics class are still clear in my mind but everything about that world and that country seems so far, far, away: