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    When we walked on the moon

    When we walked on the moon

    Those of us of a certain age have the memories.

    I was 10 years old at sleep away camp.  I remember them bringing us into the rec hall to watch on the black and white televisions.  I can’t tell you whether it was live or a replay, but they wanted us to see it.  At that age it didn’t mean much, then.

    It means so much more now, when I think where we are as a country.

    In this moment of remembrance on the death of Neil Armstrong, I’m actually quite sad.  And not just because of his death.

    Added:  A family friend worked at Grumman on Long Island, which built the landing module.  He gave us a really detailed model of the landing module, about 8 inches high on a circular board with the Grumman and NASA insignias.  I kept it for many years, but don’t have it any more.

    Here’s the image of the model:

    This video is quite good:

    Why I’m so sad:

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    We’re all sad. And fighting mad. Don’t forget that part, my friend.


     
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    section9 | August 26, 2012 at 12:30 am

    In those days, we produced great men. Even in the Democratic Party. You can’t imagine Obama uttering the words Kennedy did. Kennedy had, at the very least, the vision to believe that the United States could make it to the moon. Obama’s vision is to destroy any sense of achievement and morale this country has, to turn us into Belgium.

    When we are free to build great things again, we will be great men again. But not until then.


     
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    9thDistrictNeighbor | August 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

    My mom woke us up; we watched on our new Zenith color TV. I remember the now-so-primitive subtitle “Men Walk on Moon”,with the word “moon” blinking. My future dh was in south Florida visiting his Aunt; he saw the Saturn 5 rocket take off from a distance, but unmistakable.

    I want to play with Major Matt Mason. We all knew these days would come, when these Heroes would leave us. I like to imagine the conversation with Gallileo, Einstein…

    Well done, good and faithful servant. And I’ll say that for Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, too.

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    Richard Aubrey | August 26, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I was in Infantry OCS at Ft. Benning. Being junior candidates at that time, we were not allowed to use the tv in the day room, but the cadre allowed it for that occasion.
    Damn, we thought. Those guys are something.


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