Somewhat personal to me. Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, the schoolteacher on the flight, grew up about 1 block from me in Framingham, Massachusetts. Her father had been my CYO baseball coach in junior high. She had two brothers, one in my class, Chris, and Steve Corrigan, a year behind me, who was the best athlete in our high school. He later played football and basketball at Colgate and is now an attorney in California. Steve and I played a lot of basketball together. Not sure I ever met Christa - she was 4 years older and went to Marion High School, the Catholic high school in Framingham, but I knew the family well. She later went to Framingham State Teachers College before becoming a teacher in Concord, NH.
The entire year or two before the launch my parents sent me newspaper clippings almost weekly about Christa's exploits and her plans for the shuttle flight. I well remember what I was doing when the shuttle exploded, maybe more so than most people. My parents were among half the town of Framingham who went over to the Corrigans to console them after the explosion - I was an intern at Duke at the time or would have gone as well. Half of the places in Framingham are now named for either JFK or Christa.