New Hampshire Magazine - January 2011

The triumph of Challenger

Where were you? No doubt you remember where you were when you heard that the Challenger shuttle — with N.H.’s own Christa McAuliffe aboard — exploded. We re-visit that momentous time 25 years later.

A Lesson Plan from Space

So what was Christa's lesson plan for her Challenger Mission? According to former Concord school teacher Phil Browne, her proposal was the simplest of all the finalist's entries, and it was her basic approach to teaching that most appealed to…

What About Columbia?

On Febuary 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon its re-entry into the earth's atmosphere, breaking apart over Texas and parts of Louisiana. All seven crewmembers were killed, and although Columbia's loss was considered a great tragedy for the…

Challenger Collage

This Challenger Shuttle Collage, by former New Hampshire resident Marc Gagnon, will soon hang at the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center. The 16 x 20 piece will be on display in time for the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion (January…

The Unthinkable Fate of the Challenger Crew

The last words captured by the fight voice recorder in Challenger were not Commander Francis Scobee's haunting, "Go at throttle up." Three seconds later, Pilot Michael Smith uttered, "Uh oh," at the very moment that all electronic data from the…

I Hate Town Meeting

I hate town meeting. Town meeting is a laboratory sink for psychologists. Every dreadful facet of human nature reveals itself at these gatherings. One must have the emotions of a sociopath to escape town meeting with one's soul intact. I…

Capitol Steps

The D.C. troupe of former-congressional-staffers-turned-comedians are performing on February 12 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. The show benefits CATCH Neighborhood Housing.The Capitol Steps lampoon politics and politicians from the left and the right in an evening…

Stylish Sheraton

An 1820 wedding gift enjoyed by seven generations.Thank you for sending me an image of your chest of drawers. It is a terrific piece with a well-chronicled family provenance.According to your family documentation, combined with the pencil inscription on the…

Power Failure

Surviving it in Snuggies with enough brandy to get you to boogie.If you spend a winter in New Hampshire, there are several unpleasant experiences that you simply can't avoid. You will slip on ice while carrying groceries. You will have…

Reality Guy - Andre Martinez

When you watch "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" or some other cheesy reality show (admit it, you do) and you squirm along with the viewing public at the intimate and often humiliating situations being filmed, you might think "Wow, and…

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