when i was up in the cabin, the most surreal part of the trip was sitting there saturday morning, the 4 of us (the other 3 went up to Magic mtn), we had flipped on cnn and there the news was just breaking.
i resisted the urge to sit and watch the station all day (like i had when i was in my cousin's cabin in margaretville when jfk, jr's plane went down)
but there was sadness. and i got to thinking about january 28th, 1986 when i sat in my bathtub writing in my journal... i found the journal (you get to read it without the 15 year old girl cursive writing, scratch-outs and tear marks... there are possible spelling errors left in, though) :...................................
January 28th, 1986 - Tuesday
The Space Shuttle Challenger was on it's 25th mission. It was 1 minute and 39 seconds after lift off when it exploded.
The 6 astronauts and the 1st teacher on the ship, were killed. G. Jarvis, F. Scobee, M. Smith, R. McNair, J. Resnik, E. Onizuka, and Christa McAuliffe (teacher)
We heard about it in school. It freaked me out. The teachers last words before she boarded were something like - "We boarded this ship as 7 seperate bodies, but we will become one soul."
Christ! Gave me chills up & down my spine.
It blew up right in front of my eyes! freaked out. Flags are at "half-mast" for a full week. I must've seen the replay about 239 times. At least.
Well, I've gotta go I'm still watching this. It's been on since 11:40am, now it's 11:07pm.
Later Love ya Love,
Erin Patrice Danielle Bennett Tues 1-28-86
Jimmy Hall is going out with Kate Zitzner. CRAP Fill you up to date later.
Later Love ya Love,
Erin Patrice Danielle Bennett 1-28-86 Tuesday
okay - not the most riveting journal entry... especially the PS, but that's how i was feeling 17 years ago... now if you change the names, leave out the part about Jimmy Hall dating someone, and say it was the Columbia that perished, i have to tell you that i was still "freaked out"
very sad - not trying to be funny, but i always have this nervous humor that comes out at times like this.
Have to tell you that Christa McAuliffe's quote still gives me chills, too.
two of my favourite cartoonists, david horsey and steve breen, have illustrated tributes...
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