Classmates of the son of America’s first teacher-astronaut, Christa McAuliffe, cheer as the space shuttle Challenger lifts skyward from Launch Pad 39B on January 28, 1986. Their delight turned to horror as the shuttle exploded 73 seconds into flight. The boy in the white hat and glasses at center is Peter Billingsley, the star of A Christmas Story and a spokesman for the young astronaut program
here is video of Peter and others in the crowd watching liftoff :(
Billingsley said after the tragedy – ‘I’ve talked to kids from all over, even some not too long after the accident. They seem more interested in the future. I don`t think it`s going to set the program back in the long run. They seem to be looking beyond it.
Kids are not going to be terribly disturbed in the long run. They might think twice, but most kids have a dream of going into space‘
first thing first, Vienna is actually named Wien, as in hot dog Wieners
or as in Wienerschnitzel (the city is HOME to it, duh)
but not as in Tafelspitz or Mark Spitz
wonder if they have an AM radio station called 1010 Wiens. anywho, Wien is in Austria, which shouldn’t be confused with Australia
and it never would, with such an awesome language in use like German!
although ‘Gloria’ is a beautiful song in ANY language
but not sure what Chuck sauce is like in any language
but pizza in every language is ‘pizza’ (although we didn’t have pizza in Europe, cause why would we??)
cause when in Wien, do as the Wieners do – #Wienning
and talk to random German and Swiss dudes
and kiss yer wife, cause you can’t stand how beautiful she is
and pick on someone not your own size
now Wien doesn’t have Eastern European charm like Hungary and Czech Repub do, but Austria never had to deal with all that standing in line for bread and sharing stuff. it remained a cosmopolitan place, for centuries, and remains so
where they have palatial palaces!!!
with selfie points – how modern!
round we go!
too even more schmancy cafés!
even the bathrooms are funky fresh!
and he also designed other buildings that aren’t his own museumz!!!
like the Hundertwasserhaus
it’s like a Smurf village for humans!!
but everything we did wasn’t juss fatrsy artsy culture stuff
of course we hit up grocery stores to see what was a brewin’
although we actually did try this – Almdudler – which is basically Austrian ginger ale – and once bitten, forever smitten
and apparently gefilte aint just for fishes. it’s a thing, but I guess they go with the less Jewish ‘gefüllte’ which translates to ‘stuffed’. but however it’s spelled, I’m g’scared of anything gefilted/gefüllted
then it was off to check out the famous Naschmarkt
where there’s kraut by the barrel!!!
oh, you think we forgot to go to McDonalds, and McLook at their McMenü?
or miss seeing the Doc Brown Opera – 88 Meilen pro Stunde????
so long Austria, and Europe – never lose that old world Epcot charm, or the MUSTaches