Re: Am I The Only One...

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Posted by Diana on July 22, 1999 at 07:52:28:

In Reply to: Re: Am I The Only One... posted by MMMMarcia on July 21, 1999 at 17:49:06:

: : I too am near JFK Jr's age, and though I maynot have agreed with all of Teddy's (etc) politics, this tragedy has hit me hard, as only a couple such nat'l or international tragedies ever have (one that comes to mind is the Space shuttle Challenger, though because my cousin Dick Scobee was its commander, that is understandable -- the other was Princess Di).

: >>There is something about a "national tragedy" that completely rivets one's attention. Sometimes it is the strange realization that so many people all over the world are thinking the same thoughts and feeling the same emotions simultaneously. Something that could not have happened in our world only a (relatively) few decades ago, when it took so long for news to travel from one part of the globe to another. I can almost picture other people all over the world stopping in front of the tv at the same time I do, saying, "Turn that up...something's happened!"

: >>In the case of the Challenger, I was really impacted by that just because it was completely visible from my front yard. It happened, as you must recall, on a very clear day, and that horrifying split plume of smoke hung in the sky for what seemed like forever. While all Americans must feel they lost special people that day, your relationship with Dick Scobee must have made it particularly sad for you.

: : I'm starting to ramble, so I'll close, but let me say I'm thankful that the bodies were found, even in our "high-tech" age, the sea so often does not give up her, perhaps, Caroline & the rest can have closure.

: : My prayers are with that whole family, but in paticular her.

: >>Yes, I felt relieved this evening, too, when they finally announced that they had found all three. I'm so glad, for all the obvious reasons.

: MMMMarcia

Marcia and Champ,

It helps to here others feeling the same things you do in a tragedy like this. I also was particularly reminded of the Challenger and Princess Diana (to whom I had particular affection for due to our closeness in age and the same name) as this all unfolded. Princess Di died on my 39th birthday, the Challenger tragedy occured on my best friends birthday, and now JFK, Jr was lost the day before my brother's birthday. Sad coincidences, but believe me , for the rest of our lives, each time one of those birthdays rolls around, this event is remembered clearly, but most importantly their wonderful life and contributions are remembered as well as the loss of such great potential that was cut short.

It still moves me to tears to hear Christa MacAuliffe's (sp?)quote " I touch the future, I teach!"


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