Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
For members of my generation and older, the Challenger explosion is one of those events: you remember where you were. A piece of videotape that just went public brought that event back in our memory—yet from a distance, and through the prism of an eyewitness who on that day was trying out a new video camera.
Jack Moss was an optometrist with a winter home in Winter Haven, Florida. On the day of the launch he was in position, aiming his camera at the horizon where he'd seen previous launches. As something goes wrong, we hear him realize just that. While I apologize for any sensitivities among NASA family and loved ones, this was a searing national event. It's been 24 years now. This account—these pictures accompanied by narration—make for an ordinary and poignant reminder of that day when our minds fought our eyes, because we didn't want what we were seeing to be true.
For the record: On that day, I was sitting in a television studio full of folding chairs in Washington, DC. John Kluge, the billionaire owner of Metromedia Broadcasting, had just started to speak from the podium at the front of the studio. He was telling us that he was selling the company (and the independent television station where I worked as a correspondent, WTTG) to Fox. He hadn't yet made the official announcement when the anchor at the station, a young (at the time) anchor named Maury Povich, blew in the door and yelled to everyone in the room, "The shuttle just blew up!" We all scattered. Kluge never did finish his statement, but he did sell the company.
Fast-forward to present day, and another apology: My music website, BriTunes, is woefully behind. I have a load of new music, and a boatload of recommendations—I just need the time to compile it, and we'll be up to date. Thanks for your patience.