I was sitting in a high school midterm 27 years ago today when a kid in my class leaned over and whispered, “the Space Shuttle blew up.” I couldn’t believe what he was saying, he’d heard it on his walkman radio. I was stuck in my exam and I had no way to figure out what was happening. We had early dismissal that day and I went straight home. I sat down in front of the TV for the next 8 hours flipping between Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Peter Jennings trying to find out how is happened. I saw the shuttle blow up over and over and over, it was surreal.