Thirty years ago today

I was in fourth grade.  This morning is one of my first real memories, and the prologue to Skylights is pure autobiography.


Rest in Peace: Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, Judy Resnick, Mike Smith, Cmdr. Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair.

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Luther M. Siler

Teacher, writer of words, and local curmudgeon. Enthusiastically profane. Occasionally hostile.

4 thoughts on “Thirty years ago today

  1. I was in 10th grade at that point. The whole school was called into the gym and the principal told us it had happened. We all cried. Even the seniors cried.

    My mom was home sick that day and saw the live launch coverage. She swears to this day that the footage she saw the first time around was never shown again. That it was edited between the time it happened and the time the special reports started airing.

    The Challenger explosion is a huge deal. I’m a little teary just thinking about it. My grandson knows all about it, even. In my hours we’re really wanting to go back to the moon and build a huge staging platform there to shoot vessels in the direction of Mars. Some tiny non-cynical part of me thinks the reason we are not doing that already is because we lost these astronauts.


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