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I Remember Challenger

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 65 People

    I Was Only 7 When It Happened

    so I don't really remember much about Challenger, but I do remember the day we lost Columbia very clearly. I had always been into NASA but never really paid a lot of attention to the shuttle, I liked to stargaze and see distant planets up close through my dad's telescope.
    HorseAngel33 HorseAngel33 36-40, F Nov 8, 2011

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    I Saw It Happen With My Own Eyes...

    I was working for Gould Computer Systems in Fort Lauderdale back then. My office was on the upper floor of a building and our windows faced NE so we could always see the shuttle launch when it climbed high enough, weather permitting. On that day there wasn't a cloud in the sky...
    TetsuwanAtom TetsuwanAtom 56-60, M Mar 31, 2012

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    January 1986

    We were having a great time in the Chicago area, having dominated football - and pop culture - with our Chicago Bears!  Our victory came on January 26th, so it was a high we would be on for a long time... we thought. I was in my cooking/home ec class on the first...
    debmichelle debmichelle 36-40 Jun 8, 2008

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    Space Was The Family Business

    I have to be careful what I say given some of the things I write here - I wouldn't want anyone to be able to identify me. But, it's fair to say that as much as anyone can make the claim, in my family space exploration is a "family business." My grandfather was a rocket scientist...
    Bloopster Bloopster 46-50, M 2 Responses Feb 24, 2011

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    I Remember Challenger

    I remember Challenger, what a shock it was, so sad.
    storywriter2 storywriter2 46-50 May 15, 2012

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    I Saw The Explosion

    I was living in Tampa Florida. I was driving on the interstate and happened to look out the driver side window. There was a plume of smoke in the far distance. I knew that the shuttle was going up that day and thought "that was odd". It wasn't until after I returned home that...
    48feeln16 48feeln16 46-50, M Aug 14, 2010

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    Challenger

    I was still at school and the class i was in was watching the shuttle launch as a treat. I always wanted to go in to space and was a space nut , so this was very exciting to me. As we sat down and the launch began I was really enjoying myself seeing the shuttle preparing itself...
    ehartopp ehartopp 41-45, M Nov 16, 2010

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    Ice Storm

    The summer before, I had done schematics for the GPS #13 satellite that was aboard Challenger. After completing the task, I had taken more classes, and completed another design task. I was not working, had finished those tasks/classes, so I watched on the TV. I was trying to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 10, 2012

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    I Do Remember Challenger

    I was both listening to the radio and watching TV when that happened. I got absolutely totally shaken and much hurt to the deepest. For a few months after that I was feeling a very deep bleeding wound in the deepest in my heart/soul.    Many people cannot...
    Thought1 Thought1 22-25 1 Response Aug 16, 2009

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    I Was In School

    i was in school when it exploded.we were watching it in the auditoriun .it was a schock.now to find out years latter that politics helped lead to that disaster makes me sick.
    ghostofmyself ghostofmyself 36-40 Mar 16, 2009

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    Challenger

    I only know about the Challenger Space Shuttle because I was told about it by family. I was only 3 days old when it happened. My mom was bringing me home for the first time from the hospital when the shuttle exploded.
    forceunleahed forceunleahed 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 19, 2013

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    Mission Sts-51l Is Always In My Memories

    I remember asking my mother that morning if I could stay home from school and watch the liftoff.  She said no and I went off to class as I did every day.  For no real reason, my mother took a picture of me going down the stairs as I left that day.  Whatever we studied in class...
    HoneySuckler HoneySuckler 36-40, M Jul 7, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    Scott Luker is the Director of The Jefferson Challenger League and whether it is a fun event or any sport being played for a social cause, Scott is always involved in organizing...
    parker8 parker8 22-25, M Jan 7

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    Mr Roberts I don't know why I remember you but I do. I remember you always wore a black suit with a black waistcoat and and black flat cap. I remember your face was permanently...
    marmitemicky marmitemicky 70+, M 2 Responses Jan 5

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    do you remember what you said when you came to set me straight about my world? remember what you said, and did you think I wouldn’t recognize you girl? you can hide behind your...
    sumnerkagan sumnerkagan 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 16

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    I always feel bad for forgetting people's real names from Ep and other things like where they live, ages, and jobs. It's not on purpose. I promise. That is the type of...
    wintershawl wintershawl 36-40, F 6 Responses Jan 2

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    There is no way to substantiate what I am about to say, but then I guess this is not about proof. Through the help of others, I have learned that I have been around for a little...
    Drachona Drachona 18-21 Jan 17

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    Yeah. I remember it. But honestly I wouldn't care if I didn't remember it. I mean, it's nice to remember your first kiss, but mine kind wasn't worth remembering. It wasn't romantic...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F Jan 18

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    I was in my 8th grade english class in New Jersey. the whole class was silent while fox news was showing live footage of what was happening just 40 minutes away from us. When the...
    eggman667 eggman667 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 18

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    When I was younger I had this neighbour who was my best friend. We did everything together and we never understood why anybody used to make comments about us being so close. When...
    evieas123 evieas123 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    My New Years Eve was supposed to be spent working a large house party, but instead I spent New Years Eve being waited on hand and foot and treated like a Queen. I met some of the...
    miryam57 miryam57 56-60, F Jan 4

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    I remember it was back when I was in first grade. I used to live in a large apartment complex with around 30 buildings, so a lot of friends I knew at the time all lived within a 50...
    RoddyB7589 RoddyB7589 16-17, M Jan 6

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    I Remember... what was considered offensive language. Much like the Fashion and Music of the 1960s and 1970s Groovy, Happening, Cool (yes cool was and always will be part of the...
    Tannasheart Tannasheart 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    I remember, I really remember, and I love books - still do - but I won't go back there. I can imagine a life without the internet, but I can't imagine a life without the internet.
    Clothed Clothed 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    We all will one day met our end and I have a feeling that I might not know what comes next. I look at the ones who have already left, after the photos have been taken down and the...
    Drossi28 Drossi28 26-30, M Jan 15

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    If I connect with you, I will remember you for the rest of my life. My long term memory is great, however my short term memory is terrible.... Sooo, if you want me to remember ya...
    RyRyOfAwesomeness RyRyOfAwesomeness 13-15, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Maybe not your name but I will remember you. Whether you were good or bad for me yes I will remember.
    bystarlight2 bystarlight2 31-35, F 3 days ago

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    It was the weirdest feeling ever. The first day I ever saw him he caught my eye right away and I was just remember thinking "Woah". I never looked at any guy like that. It was so...
    anonamanda001 anonamanda001 16-17, F Dec 29, 2014

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    simply i do remember every person i added as a friend or to my circle and what was the occasion and the reason to do and sometime our first contact that and am not only talking...
    T0bone T0bone 22-25, M Dec 29, 2014

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    Some Products Bring Back a Flood of Memories!!!I was 13 and the tv add for Lee Press On Nails facinated me. I thought they were a brilliant invention and I wanted the pink ones and...
    LadyGypsy LadyGypsy 36-40, F Jan 1

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    When I was somewhere between 13-16 I began playing online strategy games to pass the time. One day I met another player who I became friends with so that we could mutually benefit...
    CrimsonKnight117 CrimsonKnight117 18-21, M Jan 2

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    I had a friend in 1st grade. She was from a poor family, but we became good friends as she was quite friendly. She would petty thief every now and then, and being a kid, I didn't...
    MargoRothSpiegelman MargoRothSpiegelman 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    I got my first crush when I was 9 years old. I never liked boys at all, until one day I out of the blue started to notice this boy in my class. I wasn't crazy about him but it was...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 Jan 2

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    When he looked at my eyes the very first time, I knew it was something different. I still can't explain that feeling-something so strong and different that I didn't have any...
    AmberDD AmberDD 22-25, F Jan 3

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    I still remember the world through the eyes of a child. Suddenly those feelings were clouded by what I know now. Evanescence
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 1 Response Jan 4

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    you played the violin and had the softest lips you said you loved me i remember the kiss but your name eludes me and suddenly i am sad.
    gitano5219 gitano5219 36-40, M Jan 5

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    I Remember back when i was young and I couldn't wait to get outside . back in the days when i never had to worry about anything. I was always happy and I couldn't wait to get...
    EnjoyTheSilenceX EnjoyTheSilenceX 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    I remember when I was young, I was really fat and had intense anger issues like worse than now, and like my cousins would bully me and treat me like crap cause I was the only fat...
    brownzugar brownzugar 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 5

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    We were only friends. Lonely friends. You knew me as no other. We weren't in love, but the love between us was true and pure and sweet. You were a gift I treasured. We danced. You...
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F Jan 5

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    I was in 8th grade American History. Period 4. I had just walked in the room and the teacher had it on his tv in the back of the room. I thought it was an accident and then I saw...
    HorseGirl21 HorseGirl21 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 9

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    I will remember my friend from our church . Soon he will be called home by God to have his heavenly reward but right now he must endure the trials of his illness . I...
    chris121458 chris121458 56-60, M 2 Responses Jan 9

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    had an accident whilst on tour in iraq. came back and was put on tablets, i had a bad reaction to them and had a siezure now my memory is jumbled and bits are hard to remember
    firedragon71 firedragon71 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    I was feeding my sixth month old daughter. The phone rang and it was my mom telling me to put the news on and I can honestly say I felt like my world just ended. I had family...
    Longislandangel Longislandangel 70+, F 10 Responses Jan 13

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    Well it was just yesterday, so of course i remember it. he's a really good friend of mine and we grew close. Saturday he told me he likes me. i told him i like him. he had been...
    wishingforrecovery wishingforrecovery 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 13

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    It's easy to remember my last name (chime) it has a ring to it!
    Bonjovi11 Bonjovi11 13-15, M Jan 14

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    Crazy how life seemed more joyful; when I knew nothing about life. Growing up is inevitable. Tragic things happens reprocessing into a new self awareness of what is. Remarkably...
    kittylin kittylin 22-25, F Jan 17

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    I was so awkward and shy at seventeen. I didn't kiss my boyfriend until about two weeks after we got together. I remember getting upset with him because he told friends we never...
    NayaAngelou NayaAngelou 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 18