Tony Pierce reminded me that today’s the anniversary of the 1986 space shuttle disaster, and asks if we remember where we were when we heard the news. Pierce was in the middle of selling TVs somewhere in West Los Angeles when suddenly every demo model in the place was showing the explosion.
I totally remember where I was: stuck in traffic on my way to work in my little Mazda GLC hatchback on the southbound 170 through North Hollywood approaching the 101 Freeway listening to Rick Dees on KIIS FM. I remember him somberly making the announcement that the shuttle had exploded and relaying the initial details available. The first song he played was Life in a Northern Town by The Dream Academy whose melancholy melody got me choked up to begin with but when it arrived at the lyric “As the train rolled out of sight, bye byyyyyye…” I just broke down and cried. On those rare occasions it comes on the radio now, I go right back to that heartbreaking day.
So what about you… you ‘member, too?