Cape Canaveral, FL: I was 32 years old: I saw our first high-tech catastrophe to unfold on live TV. Schoolchildren everywhere tuned in that morning to watch the launch of the first schoolteacher and ordinary citizen bound for space, Christa McAuliffe. She never made it. McAuliffe and six others on board perished as the cameras rolled, victims of stiff O-ring seals and feeble bureaucratic decisions.
It was, as one grief and trauma expert recalls, "the beginning of the age when the whole world knew what happened as it happened."
I clipped the newspaper article.... so struck by tragedy: I don't know if the paper if cracked, folder away in a paper box.