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First I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Charles Williams (aka Chad). I'm 30, from Midwest.... I currently run two websites thedivineeye.wordpress.com (formerly thedivineeye.net) and new spinoff researchjfkassassination.wordpress.com... The former is an archive of audio/visual/literature files for researchers and the latter is my attempt to create an archive of all free and downloadable materials from around the web and offer a one stop place to learn about the different researchers, theories, witnesses, etc..... Without having to know anything about the assassination previously... I have found there is so much great information available online, but had I been someone who had no idea what I was looking for, I may not have found it. So while both sites are still in process of being expanded, there is still plenty of information available... Anyways, back to the topic (btw I hope this is right place for topic) , I was reading the latest issue of Popular Mechanics and the main article was about the Challenger explosion, which happened 30 years ago. One of the individuals who was interviewed was George Bush made the following quote: "At the age of ninety-one my memory is not what it used to be. I am beginning to think I have now forgotten more than I ever knew to begin with. But like all Americans who are of a certain age, I Remember the Day The Challenger Blew Up." I was a little stunned when I read this and read it over a couple of times. Because here is a man admitting he remembered the day the challenger blew up (He was never accused of having insider knowledge or blowing up the challenger himself ;-)), which happened 30 years ago. Yet at about the age of 60 he could not remember anything from a day 15-20years prior (11-22-63) and arguably a more dramatic and devastating day. Anyways, I created a fancy little image of Poppy with the quote. And thanks for allowing me to be part of this forum. - Charles
Prescription for Disaster: From the Glory of Apollo to the Betrayal of the Shuttle By Joe Trento (with Susan Trento) As a space buff, this book was a 'must-read' for me and I was impressed by the depth and honesty of its content. Joe has kindly accepted my invitation to discuss the book. It examines at the CHALLENGER disaster and the reasons why it occured. *********************** Joe, as you discovered during your research, there are three general areas which were responsible for the disaster: technical, political and organisational. I'd like to start with the later. The NASA most people remember was a dynamic organisation from the 1960s, the group that landed men on the Moon, that reacted to save the Apollo 13 astronauts, that managed to develop a plan to save the Skylab station in less than 14 days. By the mid-1980s it was another government agency interested in its own survival, perhaps above other considerations. What happened? Did the people of NASA not care?