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Christa Update

We still don’t have a definitive answer to the burning question of the day: “Was Christa MacAuliffe an Arab-American?” A number of readers have pointed out that her maiden name was Corrigan, which is Irish. Other readers draw attention to the fact that her mother’s maiden name was George, which could easily be an Americanization of a Lebanese or Syrian name. There were lots of Lebanese immigrants to the area where this woman grew up, and some of them either Americanized their names, or had it done for them by Ellis Island guards. The search for an answer continues.

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