|Apollo 15 Command Module on display at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Museum|
This is the question of my generation. Not "Where were you when you heard Kennedy was shot?" but rather "Where were you when the Challenger exploded?"
I was working as a waitress at Pizza Hut in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. I did the salad bar prep in the morning and opened the doors when the restaurant started serving lunch at 11:30am. Some of my regulars from a nearby Army base came in and told me the news. This was in the days before cell phones, internet, and instant news. I was in the middle of my lunch shift. But I remember that I heard that the Challenger had exploded and I inexplicably ran outside and looked up at the sky.
On another Tuesday morning in 2001, I did the same thing, but that's another story for another day.