I got back to Towers that afternoon after my last class of the day, so, I'm thinking, a little after 2 PM. Kenny and Jeff had the door to their room propped open, and their TV was on. (Oddly, I can't remember if Rusty was present. Since I don't remember anything about him being part of this scene, I'm thinking he was still in a class.)
I walked past their open door without noticing what was on their TV, said something like, "Hey guys, how's it goin'?" and started to put the key into the lock on my room's door.
Jeff said, in a detached, indistinct monotone, "Space shuttle blew up."
This phrase just didn't make sense to me. At all. It was like a string of nonsense syllables.
I said "What?"
Jeff said, again, in just the same way, "Space shuttle blew up."
That time I understood him. I wish I hadn't.