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Old 07-15-2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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Thumbs up 40 year ago July 20th

40 years ago July 20th, man first landed on the moon.

Where were you when the world stopped and watched on black & white television as Walter Cronkite narrated that epic event? It happened only 66 years after the Wright brothers first flew at Kittyhawk.

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and the first word transmitted from the moon....."Houston".
Would have made ol Sam Houston proud.

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Old 07-15-2009, 05:38 PM   #2
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Man oh man!! I recall the day, watching the event on an old B+W tv and trying to stay cool. Neighbor across the road lost his house to a fire that afternoon. Did they not land and then exit the vehicle the next day or a few hours later?
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:32 PM   #3
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Between Guam and Bien Hoa SVN,about an hour from starting my all expense paid tour.The Evergreen pilots piped the landing over the PA system,but my focus was elsewhere,boy was I scared!!Does that mean I'm 40 years older? Man,you tricked me into that depressing thought,but it's better than the alternative!
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:50 PM   #4
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I was in Elmira PA. tent camping with my family. We watched it on a 13" black & white on the campground store deck.
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:53 PM   #5
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Standing on the sidewalk watching the stores TV through the window with a bunch of other people who spoke no English. Store was closed but the owner was kind enough to turn on a set and face it out onto the street.

The location was Vicenza, Italy on Corso Andrea Palladio and Conta Santa Corona. About 1 mile northeast of the train station. I was an US Army draftee that somehow ended up in Italy as a NATO troop.
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:29 PM   #6
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I was nine, (I know, who cares) sitting on the living room floor looking up at a black and white TV. Even at that age I could appreciate what a big deal that was. I've always been a big fan of the space program and the technology that it brought us.

The most amazing thing to me has been that these men flew to the moon and returned home saftely using considerably less computing power than is in a modern cell phone. Computers that were programmed with toggle switches for crying out loud. They talked about having 7K available like we talk about having 7 Terra Bytes available at work.

In other words these men flew to the moon on skill and courage. 66 years from Kittyhawk to the moon. However I am concerned that we peaked too soon as a nation. What have we really done with the technological advancements that followed in the next 40 years? More and more technology, less and less skill and courage.

My fear is that if we keep heading in the direction we are heading, we will continue to spend more and more of our precious resources taking care of those who can but simply refuse to take care of themselves and their families, and less and less on acomplishments such as what we saw in the decade of the 60's.
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:01 PM   #7
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Flying in a B52 bomber on our way back to U-Tapo Thailand, during flight debriefing it was on Armed Forces TV.
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I was driving forklift for Fruehauf and working 13 hour days so I missed the actual event. I remember seeing it on TV but it sure wasn't while it was happening. The amazing thing is that there are still those (with tin foil hats, IMHO) that are running around calling the whole thing a hoax - saying that man never landed on the moon then.

If ever there was a shining example fo what we can do when we all work together, that part of the space program was it. Perhaps I was just too stupid to hear the naysayers then but everyone seemed to be behind the moon program. Probably just as important, it was a program that dragged along a lot of technology that improved all of our lives. The average citizen in the US got a lot more out of that program than Tang and the fact that we beat the Russians to the moon's surface.
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I had just graduated from high school and was spending the night at a state park in Rhode Island. I wasn't a camper back then and I don't remember why I was there.
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On Main Street Manasquan NJ 3 blocks from the beach not realizing how good I had it at the time, seems like yesterday, times flys when you are having fun! Fun,,, 40 years of ups and downs, I should have stayed in Manasquan.
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Sitting in my parents living room in Clifton, NJ as a 6 year old. I remember it was late at night and my grandmother was there because she did not have a TV (or understand English). My Dad worked on the Apollo project for Bendix which was a sub-contractor to NASA. I still have the book 'We Came In Peace' which told the story of the Apollo 11 mission.
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We had just moved to Largo, FL to start work at Honeywell Aerospace. A co-worker had a "Moon Landing" party with no food but lots of booze. We all sat on the floor and watched his TV bring us the technical fete of the century. What a night!
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I also remember the other landings that followed. Some were during the months when school was in session. They gathered the entire elementary school together for those, and rolled a television into the cafeteria / auditorium for us to watch. We, as elementary school students, had never even known the school had a televison on the property until they brought it out for the moon landings! I think it was a TV from the teachers lounge (that room that no student dared venture into) .They had been hiding it in there for years.

The later landing were in color. I wanted so badly for my parents to buy a color TV for those, but my dad insisted that our black and white TV would not be replaced until it broke beyond repair. They finally bought a color TV in 1972. The old black and white set lasted till about 1978.
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i was celebrating my 4th birthday, mom used to keep us home from school on later flights so we could watch it and learn
i am no watching it all over again on nasa tv at night when the shuttle crew is asleep.
they just released a bunch of film that was restored.....WOW

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