17. Do you remember where you were and/or what you were doing when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded? This happened on 28 January 1986. Were there any big events going on in your personal life at the time?
Yes, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing and what big thing was going on in my life at the time. I was mid-trimester in my first pregnancy. I was at home cleaning the house. I was standing in front of the entertainment center/bookshelf thingy dusting and straightening things and watching the news.
Then, there it was, big as day, those poor people getting blown to smithereens right in front of America as they looked on and could do nothing about it. I started bawling my eyes out and called David at work to tell him what had happened. I don't remember what happened immediately after I called him, but I do remember days, weeks, maybe even months, of that scene being played out on the television, a constant reminder of the awful death those poor astronauts endured. It was probably the most traumatic event in my life that did not involve one of my loved ones.
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