That morning I was getting ready to go to class, in my last quarter of senior year at university. The one thing I remember vividly was getting home late that evening to find the picture of Columbia on her launch pad had fallen from the wall and the glass and frame had shattered. It was eerie and most likely coincidence, but gave me time to ponder what had happened that morning as I swept up the glass. That evening President Reagan came on television to speak to the nation, having decided to defer his state of the union message to instead deliver an extraordinary speech to lead the nation in mourning, while pointing to a bright future in space. A day that can never be forgotten.