Waiting for my class to start, I struck up a conversation with an engineering major from California. He was about 20 years old.
"Are you going out to see the shuttle launch?" I asked him.
"No I don't like being around crowds" he said.
Hmmm. I was a little confused by this. Then I realized he thought I meant going to the Cape.
"You know you can see the shuttle go up from here, right?"
Not only did he not know the shuttle was going up (in less than 2 hours), he had never seen a launch and yet he didn't seem real interested.
What self respecting ERAU engineering student doesn't want to see the shuttle go up. That's OK, my students and I - and the rest of the school's faculty and students - were excited enough to make up for him. Especially since I let my classroom of students out early to see it. Any excuse to cut class . . .
*Photo credit to The Orlando Sentinel