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Year After Disaster : Challenger's Wake: Rage, Pain, Guilt

January 28, 1987|WILLIAM C. REMPEL | Times Staff Writer

"Everyone seems to think all the engineers were the righteous good guys and all the vice presidents were evil bad guys," complained a friend of Lund. "He made a mistake. A lot of people made mistakes."

Another colleague said that Lund, who, like two of the other vice presidents, was reassigned outside the shuttle program--only now is starting to recover from "a year in hell."

"He told me he thinks he's going to live after all," the colleague said. "At first, he said he wasn't sure he'd survive. Then he said he wasn't sure he wanted to. It's sad."

Boisjoly wonders if the ghost of Bob Lund might serve a future engineer in much the way that a distant DC-10 engineer served him--as a reminder of the cost of doing too little.

"What I'm afraid of is that some young engineers will see what happened to me and think it isn't worth it to speak out, to take a stand," Boisjoly said. "I've paid a price, but look at Bob Lund. He's a decent guy who's got to live the rest of his life knowing one of his decisions cost the lives of seven people. They all do.

"That's a tragedy."

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