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I was there also, my Brother in Law owned a Prune and Apricot Orchard in Saratoga and my Father in Law worked at Fairchild then left and helped start National Semiconductor. the transformation of the Valley between 1972 and 1982 was amazing.
To Point out the Obvious fact that People are Missing. The SpaceShuttle Columbia Distingrated and Fell over The Southern US and nobody was hit by anything and the only near miss was when one of the Main Engines fell in a lake Missing some fisherman by a Few Hundred yards.