Where were you on January 28, 1986 -- the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded? JenX67 from are you there God? it's me, Generation X asked that question of Gen-Xers from all around the country, and put together a blog post with their responses.
She included a memory of mine:
I was a senior in high school, and what struck me most viscerally then – and what sticks with me to this day – was the camera trained on Christa McCauliffe’s parents as they watched from the bleachers at Kennedy Space Center. It was supposed to document their soaring elation, but instead captured their slow – agonizingly slow – realization that something was desperately wrong...
I eventually became a television reporter and producer, and often thought of that gut-wrenching footage as a reminder that every news story I reported was so much more than a story – it had a significant, often life-changing impact on the people involved. I’ve always tried to remember that.
What are your memories from that terrible day?