January 29, 2011

Remembering Challenger

January 29, 2011

Friday was the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion, one of those awful where-were-you moments I remember as if it happened only yesterday.

I was working as a systems analyst for McDonnell Douglas at the Johnson Space Center. I was attending a training session, when one of the technical support people interrupted our class to make the announcement. At first, I thought he must be kidding. It took a minute to sink in.

January 6, 2011

True Grit

January 6, 2010

I have to admit that I approached the remake of “True Grit,” the Coen brothers current version of the 1969 John Wayne film, with some trepidation. The original is a classic, so why tamper with perfection?

The new movie is entertaining and, though not as good as the earlier one, altogether better than I thought it would be.