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The space shuttle Challenger, mission STS-51L was lost 73 seconds into its flight on January 28, 1986. Aboard was the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe.

Among the 10,000 applicants who had appllied to be the first teacher in space, Bill was home that day watching CNN. To his family's relief, he had not been a finalist, but was close to the story.

On the fith anniversary of the disaster, Bill was named a Christa McAuliffe Educator by NEA's National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. In honor of Christa's legacy for risk-taking and innovations in education, he worked with a team of educational leaders on a national speaking tour. After several years as a travelling teacher/consultant/speaker, Bill found his Chris Craft Commander in Geneva, NY. Choosing the boat's name was the easiest part of the plan.

The past twenty two years have been a discovery of the concept of 'life on the river,' the boating lifestyle and a teacher's summer vacation . . . plus the sheer joy of messing around with 41 feet of Chris Craft fiberglass.

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