Challenger: Learning of Tragedy in Real Time

It was my first real memory of breaking news, and my introduction into processing events outside of myself in real time.

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Background book “We Interrupt This Broadcast” by Joe Garner. Mision patch of STS-51-L with crew names. Note the apple, symbolizing McAulfiffe’s teacher status.
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Photo courtesy CBS News

“And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”

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Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Vet. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag, Writings found @arcdigi & elsewhere. Writing about food, folks, & faith at Yonder & Home

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