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Friday, March 25, 2011

Flashback Friday ~ I remember exactly where I was when……

I don’t have much to add about many of this weeks questions. But when I read them there was one memory that popped into my mind.

What significant news events do you remember from your childhood? What stands out about them?

In 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated I was almost four years old. I don’t remember this, however it is one of those stories that my mom always told. My memories are more associate with the retelling of the story than actually remembering the event. She shared many times that she was watching the television when they were transferring Lee Harvey Oswald to the county jail and Jack Ruby jumped out of the crowd and shot him.

My mother tells the story that I was watching the television and when it happened I turned to her and said “Mommy that bad man just shot that man!”

What is the earliest historical/news event about which you say:

"I'll never forget when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986. I had been married for four years and I was working in a small graphic design studio. When the shuttle exploded we pulled out the large television monitor we used from time to time and placed it in the landing area of the studio so we could all see it. We all watched in disbelief as the events unfolded. Everyone was was so excited about the prospect of a civilian going up in the shuttle for the first time. We watched in disbelief for the rest of the afternoon.”

An official portrait shows the STS-51L crewmembers. Back row (L to R): Mission Specialist, Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher in Space Participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist, Greg Jarvis and Mission Specialist, Judy Resnik. Front row (L to R): Pilot Mike Smith, Commander, Dick Scobee and Mission Specialist, Ron McNair.

If you would like to see a YouTube video of an ABC new report of this you can click here.

Even after 20 plus years it still bring tears to my eyes to think of all the students gathered in excitement to witness the historic occasion of their teacher going into to space, not to mention what it must have been like for Christa McAuliffe’s parents. It was a very sad day!

Well that’s it for me this week!

For more Flashback remembrances y’all head over to Mocha with Linda and link up!




skoots1mom said...

my heart breaks thinking about that 1986 event also

bp said...

Thanks for sharing. I didn't feel I had much to say this week either!

Mocha with Linda said...

I remember standing in a patient's room at the hospital and watching the Challenger explosion and being so stunned.

Zoanna said...

I remember getting up for a college class the morning of the Challenger explosion. Complete shock, disbelief, horro, and sadness all at once. It still moves me.

Sassy Granny ... said...

I think of these remembrances as milestones. They forever mark a place or a time or an event that changed us somehow.

In addition to yours, I'd add to mine the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helen's here in WA State. What a sight!


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