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Where were you 20 years ago today?

Old 01-28-06, 05:18 PM
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Where were you 20 years ago today?

Challenger exploded 20 years ago today. I was in the 4th grade at Queen Bee Elementary School. The principal went on the PA system to tell the entire school. He watched the explosion with the 5th graders who got to watch it live.

I came home that afternoon to watch Ronald Regan address the nation on the great tradegy.
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London. I was probably watching He-Man at the time.
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I was working second shift, so I slept in. I turned on the news about noon and saw the replay over and over. I was a big proponent of space exploration; it hurt a lot.
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7th grade. Heard the news over the intercom while in the Graverette Middle School library. Will never forget that.
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I was in a food line, at my college cafeteria at the time. I remember it vividly.

I had a bagel/cream cheese, bag of popcorn, and a hot dog. Bunch of people were gathered around a biggish screen TV. I joined them.
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7th Grade...Sister Ann came in and announced it in the lunch room
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I was a 2nd grader in Fort Campbell, Kentucky at Marshall Elementary School. I vividly remember my name being called to deliver "an important letter" to the Principal's office. It was then announced on the PA system that the Challenger had exploded as I was walking down the hall back to the classroom/pod.
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I was in the kitchen in my apartment in Boston getting lunch and watching the shittle launch before going to an afternoon law class. It took me five minutes of complete incomprehension before I realized the shuttle had exploded. I simply could not process the information at first.
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I was a senior in high school. It was during study hall when the principal came on the intercom to announce it (something she rarely ever did during the regular school day). Her tone of voice sounded grave and was cracking as she began talking. I remember that everyone had a very concerned look on their faces before the principal explained what had happened.

Later on, most of us were joking around about it -- not of the tragedy itself, but what we interpreted what the announcement was going to be about. One of my classmates thought World War III had broken out.
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I was in the third grade at C.O. Harrison Elementary school in Cincinnati Ohio. I remember the explosion and then my teacher running out of the room...
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Old 01-28-06, 06:02 PM
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I was 6 1/2 years old, and remember seeing Challenger in school. I was in 1st grade.
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I was sitting in German I class. I was a freshman in highschool. They came over the PA and announced it and asked for a moment of silence. Then, my German teacher gave us a test on our vocabulary words as if nothing had happened. It wasn't until I got into science class at 7th period that I had a teacher that was removely interested in discussing what had happened.
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I was a 5 year old in my first grade class. Thats about all I remember.
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I was just finishing up my 6th grade pe class. After you changed they made everyone stand in this boxed area until the bell rings. I was stanging in the box area and the principal came on and made the announcement of the tragic event.
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Senior year... I can't remember where I was watching it. At that time, my mom had a friend that worked for one of the observatories NASA used to track the shuttle in orbit. He had always sent NASA materials to me when it came to shuttle launches. I know I have the press kit and a flight patch somewhere.
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Freshman in HS. I think I heard about it between periods. Shortly thereafter I remember hearing Christa McAuliffe jokes.
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I was 11 then but I have no idea where or what I was doing that day.
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Freshman in High School. It was a real snowy day and school was out. That was back when all the news outlets covered every shuttle launch, so I saw it happen live. Amazing its been 20 years.
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Old 01-28-06, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by ChiTownAbs, Inc
Challenger exploded 20 years ago today. I was in the 4th grade at Queen Bee Elementary School. The principal went on the PA system to tell the entire school. He watched the explosion with the 5th graders who got to watch it live.

I came home that afternoon to watch Ronald Regan address the nation on the great tradegy.

I think I was too. Either 4th or 5th. Did you graduate in 1994?
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I was in High School when it happened.
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Old 01-28-06, 07:02 PM
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Most people actually didn't see it live.

From 7 Myths About the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster:

Myth #1: A nation watched as tragedy unfolded
Few people actually saw what happened live on television. The flight occurred during the early years of cable news, and although CNN was indeed carrying the launch when the shuttle was destroyed, all major broadcast stations had cut away — only to quickly return with taped relays. With Christa McAuliffe set to be the first teacher in space, NASA had arranged a satellite broadcast of the full mission into television sets in many schools, but the general public did not have access to this unless they were one of the then-few people with satellite dishes. What most people recall as a "live broadcast" was actually the taped replay broadcast soon after the event.
I actually don't remember anything about the Challenger. I was in first grade, but I had just moved to a new country so I remember more of what was going on those first few weeks I was there as opposed to any outside events.
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