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Old 01-28-2011, 10:19 AM   #1
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I was in my second grade class in El Paso, Texas and our teacher informed us the Challenger had exploded and its pieces fell into the Atlantic Ocean. She was very distraught and close to tears.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:26 AM   #2
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I was in first grade in a private Christian school. We were saying a prayer for their safety as they took off and then it exploded. One of my earliest and most vivid memories from school.
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Watching it in the cafeteria in elem school
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8th grade, English class.

the following year they changed the school name to Challenger Middle School
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I was in first grade in a private Christian school. We were saying a prayer for their safety as they took off and then it exploded. One of my earliest and most vivid memories from school.

I am a little younger, buy my most viid memory was the tragic columbine incedent. Worst time I can remember.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:42 AM   #6
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I am a little younger, buy my most viid memory was the tragic columbine incedent. Worst time I can remember.
Yes that was another very bad time. I was a sophomore in College for that one up at CU. I was working the info booth in front of Folsom Field and it came on the radio.

I was friends with several kids who went to Columbine and knew some of the victims.
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Sitting in class in Elementary school in Colorado Springs. It was either Pioneer Elementary or Explorer (thinking explorer) that actually built an entire memorial to the Challenger and Crew in the School.
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Kindergarten class, Mrs. Britt's class, Acres Green Elementary. She sat everyone down and told us what happened. She was a hot blond lady married to a football player but I can't remember who or for what team (not Broncos).
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I was waiting in the car for my wife to get off work and reading a computer magazine when it came over the car radio.
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I was in my second grade class in El Paso, Texas and our teacher informed us the Challenger had exploded and its pieces fell into the Atlantic Ocean. She was very distraught and close to tears.
Same for me. My science teacher was a wreck. Sad day.
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Watching live from my 3rd grade classroom.
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I was waiting in the car for my wife to get off work and reading a computer magazine when it came over the car radio.
<-- Interested that there were computer magazines in 1986.

Interesting topic, I'm gonna have to ask my Mom though, I would have been almost 3.
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Not born yet - but my mom, a teacher, entered the contest to go on the Challenger.
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I was in my 4th grade class. Every one of the 4th grade teachers had entered to be the teacher who would be taken. Much of the theme that year centered around our teacher's wanting to go and the excitement of the event.

I remember so well, sitting in class being excited to hear about the launch, when another teacher, Mr. Kelly came in to tell us the news. He was a big scary teacher and the kids were all afraid of him. I remember thinking that anyone could cry if he could.
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I was in 3rd grade, and along with all of the other elementary kids sitting in the library watching the Challenger take off. Sudden gasps and an akward silence filled the room, never forget it
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I was in my chemistry class as a Junior. We were watching the launch because of McAuliffe being on the shuttle. Our teacher was so excited about it. A very sad day.
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At High School, walking between classes when a friend came up and told me.
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Third grade watching it live with my class. That was seriously f--ked up.
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I don't know. My best guess is either sleeping, pooping, or sucking on my moms boob.
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<-- Interested that there were computer magazines in 1986.

Interesting topic, I'm gonna have to ask my Mom though, I would have been almost 3.
I had a Commodore 64
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I don't know. My best guess is either sleeping, pooping, or sucking on my moms boob.
So not much has changed for you since then?
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I was in 3rd grade, and along with all of the other elementary kids sitting in the library watching the Challenger take off. Sudden gasps and an akward silence filled the room, never forget it
Exactly the same for me, but we were just watching with my class. I'll never forget my teaching just repeating "Oh my god, oh my god!"
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i was asleep. i had just worked the 3AM-6AM slot on my college's radio station and getting caught up on some z's. after i awoke, a friend of mine stopped by that afternoon and starting talking about it as if i must have already known about it. i didn't. he had to tell me. one of the astronauts was an alum from that school too, so it was a big deal there.
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I was a high school sophomore, and I was in the school library. They brought in a TV to watch the coverage. Those images will stay with me, forever. I had the same feeling during the Challenger disaster that I had for 9/11...
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Sitting in a forestry class at CSU. A large class with stadium seating. A girl in front of me started crying and pretty soon the buzz in the room nearly drowned out the lecturer. Finally, a student just stood up and said the space shuttle had exploded after launch and all the crew had apparently been killed.

The professor became angry at the interruption, but he couldn't stop people from talking, so he cancelled class and stomped away from his lecture podium.

The next day, he sarcastically asked if everyone had worked through their emotions. Quite a few people became very angry at that and about half the students dropped the class, leaving about 30 people in a room that seated well over a hundred to finish the semester.
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