Griddlesode #S2-011: The Shoulders of Giants

In this Griddlesode, Ron tells the story of the Challenger accident.

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  1. Paul (Entering Jazz) |

    Well done, Ron!
    I remember that day quite vividly myself. A beautiful tribute.

  2. Ron, two great emotionally and mentally provoking and inspiring shows.
    Most Americans older than me can remember where they were and even picture the scene very clearly when President Kennedy was killed. I’m not old enough, but I have the same experience of that fateful day you mention in this griddlesode.

  3. ShortCummingsAudio |

    Thanks for a great (and moving) episode. Listening to the audio from the day brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. Well done!
    If you haven’t checked out OrbiterSim, might I suggest you surf to It’s the homepage for free Windows-based space simulator. It’s not a game, it’s an honest-to-goodness space sim. Fans have built historically accurate Apollo missions which duplicate the craft right down to the individual controls. Mastering OrbiterSim takes time and effort, but nothing on Earth is as close to being a real astronaut.
    Thanks, too, for including me in the show.

  4. Chris Wilson -:- |

    Is it legal to make grown men cry while they’re at work? If not, you better go on the lam for a bit. Great episode. I think I was a freshman in High School at that time, and I remember the entire school going into shock. It was pretty unbelievable.
    I have more to say, but after trying several times to get it to come out right, I’ve decided not to try, other than to say, at that age, when teachers are teaching how to analyze and question lots of things, the heros that still remained really were giants. Governments, presidents, police and firemen were no longer the bastions of the community that they were when we were younger. They were all just men with virtues and faults. But NASA was still a hero. Its hard to watch heros fail like that. Crushed a lot of young spirits that day.

  5. The Griddlemaster |

    Thanks Kevin, I’ll checkout the orbiter simulation. Sounds like fun.
    And Chris? I love it when I make the big tough guys shed a tear

  6. I remember that day so clearly, standing in my dorm room listening to the radio and then seeing it on TV later. Stunning.

  7. Daniel Johnson,Jr. |

    Hi Ron, I remember hearing about it when I was in high school and, after watching President Reagan’s address to the nation that night, I wrote a poem about it entitled “Confusion”.
    It was very chilling to hear audio from the event (or was that the bitter winter air as I walked my dog?)
    We do indeed stand on the shoulders of giants.