Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, February 4, 2003 9:33 pm


Filed under: Sad — Lex @ 9:33 pm

I’m not going to waste a lot of time, particularly this long after the fact, talking about this disaster. I could tell you about what I was doing when Challenger exploded in 1986 — I remember the day quite vividly for reasons that have nothing to do with that disaster — but it wouldn’t really shed any light.What I will do, however, is pass on the best of what I’ve come across elsewhere, and the first such examples stresses — appropriately, in my view — education. The author is “Lance,” a guy who e-mailed Nancy Nall. On Sunday, “Lance” wrote:

I hope that tomorrow morning all over America schoolteachers are pointing out to their students how many Ph.D’s and master’s degrees were on board Columbia. Willie McCool had three of them. He graduated second in his class at Annapolis [the U.S. Naval Academy].Whenever we lose one of these things we lose some amazing people. That’s because every time we launch one we send up into space amazing people.

Laurel Clark was the least accomplished of the crew: she was a mere MD.

I love it that Ramon took that drawing up with him. I love it that David Brown (another mere MD) was once in a circus. Just as I loved it that Judith Resnick was a classical musician.

Spock was a musician. Kirk was a history buff. Sulu read Dumas. [Even Picard studied viticulture and archaeology — two subjects whose vastness in time parallels the vastness of space — Lex.] Roddenberry knew who’d be going because that’s who’s always gone. Cook and Darwin and the captain of the Beagle and Merriwether Lewis.

“Come find me.”

More and more I think that’s God’s First Commandment.

And only the best and brightest obey it.


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