January 28 in San Antonio history…
The San Antonio newspapers feature plans for the new Poinsard complex (right), including an 18-story apartment tower, restaurants and a private club to be located on the grounds of the Ursuline Academy. The plan never comes to fruition and is derisively referred to as “Poinsard’s Folly.”
The American Basketball Association’s eighth annual All-Star game is played in Convention Center Arena. The East team defeats the West, 151-124. Freddie Lewis of the Spirits of St. Louis is named the Most Valuable Player with 26 points, 11 assists and two steals. His prize is $2,000 cash or a quarter horse named “Tough Julie.” He chose the horse. Unfortunately, “Tough Julie” died three weeks later.
San Antonians are stunned when NASA’s space shuttle Challenger disintegrates one minute, thirteen seconds after launch. It is the tenth flight of the Challenger. Aboard the shuttle is Christa McAuliffe, winner of the “Teacher in Space” program. There are no survivors. Shuttle Commander Francis “Dick” Scobee and his wife, Virginia, were married in San Antonio in 1959.