January 27, 1967

Forty-one years ago tonight, I watched in horror as three astronauts perished in a fire aboard the spacecraft, Apollo I. Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White III, and Roger B. Chaffee died in the launchpad tragedy due to faulty wiring that ignited during tests.

That date has always stuck in my mind as I was about to leave the house to go to a college dance that I have always remembered fondly. Genealogists (including me) should write about the major events that have occurred during their lifetimes. I am reminded of this when one of my granddaughters seeks my sage advice when writing something for school. Gee, does this mean she respects my knowledge or that she is simply acknowledging my age by thinking I should know about historical events?

© 2008, Paula Stuart-Warren. All rights reserved.

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