January 28, 2008

I remember

Bryan Preston relays his still vivid memory of the Challenger disaster. I remember it clearly, much like my mother remembers when she heard about Kennedy. For the record, I was in a tanning booth at the time.

Allow me to explain.

In 1986, my mother and I owned a small business, a combination ice cream shop and bakery. One of the other businesses in the strip mall was a tanning salon and she offered all of us merchants a deep, deep discount to use her place. I had been in an 8:00 a.m. class that morning and had a break until around 2-ish or so. A good friend of mine wanted to head to the tanning booth and I offered to drive, figuring that I could get a discount for her while taking advantage of a little radiation drenched snooze time. We got there, I put on the radio headphones, climbed into the tanning booth and drifted off. I was startled awake by the horrific news bulletin. I lay there for a few minutes more listening to the updates and then headed home to catch the news. It was a bad, bad day. As it happens, I vaguely remembered the Apollo mission where 3 astronauts died on the launch pad. I say vaguely because I was wee little child at the time. In any event, the Challenger disaster will stay with me until I lose what little wits I possess.

Posted by: Physics Geek at 01:46 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Wow. 22 years. I had come home for lunch from work and just happened to turn on the tube. I also remember Grissom, White, and Chaffee, but not as well. Weirdly, I don't remember Kennedy being assassinated. I remember him being President, I remember his having been assassinated, but not the assassination itself. I was in kindergarten at the time but I just don't remember that.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at January 28, 2008 11:01 PM (Yh9SA)

2 I was apparently poo-pooing in my diaper when Kennedy was killed, being less than a year old at the time, so I don't actually remember it either. I do have vivid memories of that particular bowel movement though.

Posted by: physics geek at January 29, 2008 08:37 AM (MT22W)

3 You're scaring me, man...

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at January 29, 2008 11:31 AM (PvqFn)

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