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Message 413770 - Posted: 2 Sep 2006, 23:50:17 UTC

I was in St Thomas USVI working for myself as an Electrician in a customers bedroom and we all just sat there numb.
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Message 413773 - Posted: 2 Sep 2006, 23:53:34 UTC - in response to Message 413770.

I was in St Thomas USVI working for myself as an Electrician in a customers bedroom and we all just sat there numb.

I was in 1st grade, we were all watching it on TV, cause it was such a big deal. We all sat in silence, then the school let us all out early for the day. Very sad day indeed.
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Message 413774 - Posted: 2 Sep 2006, 23:54:56 UTC

I was at school too.

But we didn't get out early.
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Message 413775 - Posted: 2 Sep 2006, 23:55:32 UTC - in response to Message 413773.

I was in St Thomas USVI working for myself as an Electrician in a customers bedroom and we all just sat there numb.

I was in 1st grade, we were all watching it on TV, cause it was such a big deal. We all sat in silence, then the school let us all out early for the day. Very sad day indeed.


It has always stood out in my mind and was wondering how it affected others...
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Message 413777 - Posted: 2 Sep 2006, 23:57:52 UTC - in response to Message 413775.

I was in St Thomas USVI working for myself as an Electrician in a customers bedroom and we all just sat there numb.

I was in 1st grade, we were all watching it on TV, cause it was such a big deal. We all sat in silence, then the school let us all out early for the day. Very sad day indeed.


It has always stood out in my mind and was wondering how it affected others...

I think I still have some news papers from then in my storage. My mom always buys the paper when something big happens like that. Got quite a few of them from 9-11-01 as well.
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Message 413778 - Posted: 2 Sep 2006, 23:58:47 UTC - in response to Message 413777.

I was in St Thomas USVI working for myself as an Electrician in a customers bedroom and we all just sat there numb.

I was in 1st grade, we were all watching it on TV, cause it was such a big deal. We all sat in silence, then the school let us all out early for the day. Very sad day indeed.


It has always stood out in my mind and was wondering how it affected others...

I think I still have some news papers from then in my storage. My mom always buys the paper when something big happens like that. Got quite a few of them from 9-11-01 as well.

Thats cool...I wish I had thought like that.
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Message 413779 - Posted: 2 Sep 2006, 23:59:47 UTC - in response to Message 413778.

I was in St Thomas USVI working for myself as an Electrician in a customers bedroom and we all just sat there numb.

I was in 1st grade, we were all watching it on TV, cause it was such a big deal. We all sat in silence, then the school let us all out early for the day. Very sad day indeed.


It has always stood out in my mind and was wondering how it affected others...

I think I still have some news papers from then in my storage. My mom always buys the paper when something big happens like that. Got quite a few of them from 9-11-01 as well.

Thats cool...I wish I had thought like that.

Its memories that will never go away, and its something that can be cherished. Kinda like taking pictures of your family and friends, they will always be there. :-)
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Message 413780 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 0:02:17 UTC - in response to Message 413779.

I was in St Thomas USVI working for myself as an Electrician in a customers bedroom and we all just sat there numb.

I was in 1st grade, we were all watching it on TV, cause it was such a big deal. We all sat in silence, then the school let us all out early for the day. Very sad day indeed.


It has always stood out in my mind and was wondering how it affected others...

I think I still have some news papers from then in my storage. My mom always buys the paper when something big happens like that. Got quite a few of them from 9-11-01 as well.

Thats cool...I wish I had thought like that.

Its memories that will never go away, and its something that can be cherished. Kinda like taking pictures of your family and friends, they will always be there. :-)

It's true...I have forgot so much since then but can remember that day like it was yesterday.
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Message 413782 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 0:04:31 UTC - in response to Message 413780.

I was in St Thomas USVI working for myself as an Electrician in a customers bedroom and we all just sat there numb.

I was in 1st grade, we were all watching it on TV, cause it was such a big deal. We all sat in silence, then the school let us all out early for the day. Very sad day indeed.


It has always stood out in my mind and was wondering how it affected others...

I think I still have some news papers from then in my storage. My mom always buys the paper when something big happens like that. Got quite a few of them from 9-11-01 as well.

Thats cool...I wish I had thought like that.

Its memories that will never go away, and its something that can be cherished. Kinda like taking pictures of your family and friends, they will always be there. :-)

It's true...I have forgot so much since then but can remember that day like it was yesterday.

Yeah, me too. I don't remember much from those years, but that sticks out.
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Message 413784 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 0:07:27 UTC

I was sitting at my dining room table coding in BASIC on an IBM AT Personal Computer.


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Message 413785 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 0:10:28 UTC - in response to Message 413784.

I was sitting at my dining room table coding in BASIC on an IBM AT Personal Computer.


WOW, I knew Basic...But don't remember it now...LOL Seems we had the first computer in our district and I got in trouble for making it count to 1 million...
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Message 413799 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 0:35:50 UTC

I was making solid rocket propellent and filling it in to a 36" wide 18' long Stonechat rocket.

We made sure the ultrasonic and X-ray testing of the propellent case bonding was to specification, or similar things to the O-ring failure would occur.

The Stonechat was the main stage in an Intercontinental missile testing rocket to calibrate ICMB detection radars.
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Message 413818 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 1:32:15 UTC

I was in my apartment on Federal Blvd. In Denver, Co and was watching the launch
on T.V. I'll never forget the look on Ronnie and Nancy's face. They were dumbfounded and confused.

It was a very sad day for everyone.
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Message 413909 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 8:03:09 UTC

I was in Science class in my junior year of High School.

That was back when the networks still thought the Space Shuttle launches were worth covering.

I can remember sitting there just dumbfounded at what we had just seen.

I also remember a couple of people getting suspended from school for cracking jokes about it. The thing is..later on in life I realized that in the face of something that serious, some people's only defense from the enormity of the event, is humor. No matter how ill timed it may be.

It happened to me on 9-11. My brother and I were watching the coverage and the only thing that kept both of us from completely breaking down was to find humor around us. Not about the attack, but from something in our immediate vicinity.

Some people don't understand it, and I am sure that some of you all may think it was simply callousness on our part, but in the face of an event of the magnitude of the Challenger explosion or the 9-11 attacks, many people will use whatever means they have to keep from having their sanity slip a notch.
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Message 413987 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 15:12:32 UTC - in response to Message 413909.

I was in Science class in my junior year of High School.

That was back when the networks still thought the Space Shuttle launches were worth covering.

I can remember sitting there just dumbfounded at what we had just seen.

I also remember a couple of people getting suspended from school for cracking jokes about it. The thing is..later on in life I realized that in the face of something that serious, some people's only defense from the enormity of the event, is humor. No matter how ill timed it may be.

It happened to me on 9-11. My brother and I were watching the coverage and the only thing that kept both of us from completely breaking down was to find humor around us. Not about the attack, but from something in our immediate vicinity.

Some people don't understand it, and I am sure that some of you all may think it was simply callousness on our part, but in the face of an event of the magnitude of the Challenger explosion or the 9-11 attacks, many people will use whatever means they have to keep from having their sanity slip a notch.


Thanks, Seems you learned a lot that day. People do handle extremes in different ways...some crumble up and won't move...

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Message 413991 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 15:14:43 UTC

I was home from school that day, sick..watched it on TV.
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Message 413992 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 15:15:13 UTC

Did it have any effect on our friends from other countries?
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Message 414029 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 16:02:44 UTC

Yes!

I, and colleagues in my industry, felt sick for the shuttle programme and the future of spaceflight!
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Message 414034 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 16:07:14 UTC

I had several classes at Diablo Valley College, (a Junior College), in Pleasant Hill, California... I remember being SOOOO excited that the launch was going on; I got up early, I watched what I could, then went to classes...

NOT one word was mentioned in ANY of my classes at the moment the disaster happened! I therefore completed my normal day at College.

Still excited that I would get to see the "reruns" of the launch on the news; I hurried home, turned on the TV, then dropped my books - ONLY to hear "The space shuttle has exploded..."

I WAS DEVISTATED!
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Message 414088 - Posted: 3 Sep 2006, 17:33:17 UTC - in response to Message 413770.

I was in St Thomas USVI working for myself as an Electrician in a customers bedroom and we all just sat there numb.



I was in freshman high school biology, one of the other science teachers broght a TV in so we could watch the launch. I don't remember the rest of that day after that.
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