Kennedy: Goodbye sun, hello life

People standing in line for Solar eclipse glasses at Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park Monday morning.

"The mind wants to live forever, or to learn a very good reason why not."

Charlie Steinhice, a 57-year-old manager at BlueCross BlueShield, thinks those who shrug off Monday's solar eclipse are making the mistake of a lifetime.

After hearing his story, it's hard to argue.

Steinhice has been there. He has experienced the thrill of the moon blocking the sun and unmasking the stars in the middle of the day. At age 19 in 1979, Steinhice - then a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student - traveled to Williston, N.D., to witness the most recent total solar eclipse in the contiguous United States.

He rode from Chattanooga to North Dakota with a friend in a 1972 Chevrolet Impala sedan named "Fancy." People probably thought they were crazy driving to North Dakota in the middle of winter, but for Steinhice the trip was a journey of self-discovery.