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Subject: Challenger Tribute page

Written By: ChuckyG on 11/19/98 at 07:51 a.m.

I have a tribute page I'm starting for the Challenger Explosion... I'm looking for peoples comments about the explosion and what they were doing, etc. Page is here

Subject: Re: Challenger Tribute page

Written By: Dan Nero on 11/25/98 at 07:00 a.m.

Hey Chucky,
This subject always hits close to home for me. The reason is I grew up in a town in Florida called Merritt Island. If you don't know where Merritt Island is lets just say I could get to the space center in 5 minutes from my front door.
It was a really nice day, very blue sky, warm (but hey it's Florida). I was a senior in high school and it was 4th period. It was always customary for the principal to come over the PA and announce a shuttle take off and if we wanted we could go outside and watch.
By this time we had all seen so many that most just chose to stay inside and basically goof off the period.
I was in Yearbook class and I, like many others, opted to stay inside. I had my walkman with me so I put on the headphones and was listening to Nick Kershaw's, "Wouldn't it be good."
Everything was going as normal until....
Friends came running back into class saying that the shuttle blew up! My first reaction was, "Yeah right tell another story" but then all this commotion started brewing outside so I decided to get up and see what was happening.
I got outside and looked up and immediately my heart dropped into my stomach. The pattern of the smoke was a tell tale sign that something was not right.
Let me explain something that may not make sense. Being that our high school was so close to the Space Center we had seen many Shuttle launches. We knew what one looked like and that were actually cool to watch. The trail of smoke behind it just goes straight up in the air behind the shuttle. This time it wasn't so. The trail of smoke made a big diamond pattern in the sky.
My history teacher had a tv in her classroom and everyone huddled around it to find out what had happened. We knew something was wrong but we didn't expect the news that was received. Everyone was teary eyed and this incredible hush fell over the school. This is high school folks and it was lunch period can you imagine an entire lunch room silent.
Well that is pretty much my recollection of that day. To this day I still can't watch the footage of it because it is really a painful thing to remember and I actually will go into a full cry when if I do catch glimpses of it. I don't know if it effected the rest of you like this but it effected me big time. Maybe it was because we were so close to what was happening.
In our Yearbook that year we had a dedication page to the crew of the Shuttle. We figured it was the least we could do for them.