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Certain moments in history define a decade, such as John F. Kennedy getting shot and 9-11. Almost everyone remembers where they were when these events happened, or at least when they heard about them.
In 1986, I was a high school senior. I had transferred from a private (Catholic) high school to a public one, Walter Johnson, for my senior year. (I had to pay for my high school tuition, and knowing that I had to pay for college, needed a financial break.) I entered 5th period Chemistry class, and the teacher said, “The Challenger vaporized on launch.”
“Wasn’t that the one with a teacher on it?” asked a more dimwitted classmate.
“Yep. I don’t see how anyone could have survived.”
In 6th period architectural drawing class, the teacher brought in a TV, and we watched the coverage. I remember exactly how I felt. Challenger on Netflix brought all of that back to me.
The four-episode limited series covers the country’s excitement over the space shuttle program generally, and the Challenger mission in particular. It was the first time an “ordinary” citizen, in this case a teacher, was going into space. The thought around the country was that this was the first step towards space travel becoming an ordinary event for ordinary people. Everyone was in for one hell of a rude awakening.
I enjoyed this show. As always, YMMV.
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[…] As I’ve written before, certain moments in history define a decade, such as John F. Kennedy getting shot and 9-11. At the moment this post publishes, it will be the 36th anniversary of just such a moment for my generation, but on a national scale: The space shuttle Challenger exploding shortly after takeoff. […]