May 1, 1989 |
The widows of several crew members aboard the Challenger space shuttle say they are upset about plans by ABC to make a three-hour television movie about the accident, the Associated Press reported. Loran Onizuka, widow of Challenger astronaut Ellison Onizuka, and Jane Smith, widow of Challenger pilot Michael Smith, and their attorney have talked to George Englund, executive producer and writer of the ABC drama, in an effort to get him to drop the project. "Why do we have to relive this?
April 1, 2009 |
Cloris Leachman was convinced she was dead. "I felt the outlines of my body and nothing was in it," she recalls. "I had no brains, no guts, no heart, no bones. This was heaven and I was dead and I was standing there." Of course, she'd just been flung horizontally into the air -- gripped by a single arm and leg -- and twirled around by her dance partner, Corky Ballas, in an encore performance of their "Dancing With the Stars" routine on the talk show "The View."
August 7, 1989
In 1985, Gov. George Deukmejian approved a mandatory seat belt law, the purpose being to save lives and save the taxpayers money. On July 21, however, the governor vetoed legislation that would have required motorcyclists to wear a helmet. The purpose of this law was also to save lives and save the taxpayers money. I do not understand why the governor recognizes the importance of wearing seat belts but not helmets.
February 26, 1986 |
The 30-year-old son of actress Cloris Leachman and producer George Englund has been found dead in a Manhattan YMCA room, police said today. Police said Bryan Englund died Tuesday. Nearby, officers found two bottles of medication for ulcers, according to police Sgt. Diane Kuebler. She said an overdose may have been the cause of death, but the medical examiner had not yet ruled in the case.
February 22, 1990 |
A TV movie about the Challenger disaster has upset and offended those closest to Christa McAuliffe, the New Hampshire schoolteacher who died in the shuttle explosion. Among the critics are McAuliffe's mother Grace Corrigan and Concord Mayor James McKay, who said the film reduced him to tears. Corrigan and McKay said the movie failed to capture McAuliffe's personality. Corrigan, of Framingham, Mass.
February 25, 1990 |
Manned spaceflight is dangerous and dramatic. When an ambitious mission succeeds, as did the moon-landing flight of Apollo 11, astronauts like me are hailed as triumphant national heroes for doing our jobs, and the flight directors, contractors and engineers responsible for the success are applauded as visionary geniuses.