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Apollo 11

Post by Phil » 21 Jul 2019 00:39

A recorded memory of 50 years ago:

On July 20, 1969 I was in summer school at UNC-Chapel Hill. I was staying at Granville Towers, a high-rise private dormitory. A friend of mine and I picked up a couple of six-packs of Michelob, and we hunkered down in my room right after lunch to watch CBS's coverage of the lunar landing. The tension during the final minutes before the actual touchdown at 4:17 was almost excruciating. When we heard Neil Armstrong's report that the Eagle had landed, and Walter Cronkite's and Wally Schirra's explosive sighs of relief, I turned to my friend and we shook hands as if we had somehow contributed to the mission's success. I parted the drawn blinds to see if anyone could possibly be outside missing all this. It was a beautiful, hot summer day. Even so, I'll never forget my shock when I saw all those students down below lounging around the swimming pool, utterly indifferent to this defining moment in human history.

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Post by Jorge22 » 21 Jul 2019 00:53

I was 6. My parents woke me up at - was it 2 or 4 am? - to watch the moon landing in black and white. Thank God parents did that back then... Unfortunately, NASA have been under-funded at least ever since. People like Neil Armstrong or Carl Sagan will always be remembered. Politicians are short-sighted idiots but the scientists at NASA are heroes.
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Post by Marksdad » 21 Jul 2019 11:26

It was very late at night in the UK,but this remains my first memory of a 'news event'. My parents let me stay up,and I recall asking them why Armstrong was taking so long to descend the ladder. My mum (ignoring science) said that he was probably very scared.

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Post by Storm Chaser » 21 Jul 2019 17:36

I was 13 and remember being very excited by it all and loved the wonderful photos in the newspapers in the following days.

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Post by rjb » 22 Jul 2019 00:28

I was 18, almost 19, had only just finished school and would be going off to university in a few months. I remember staying up late at night and being able to watch it live on my parents' portable, small black and white television :-o in their kitchen (you remember exactly where you were at the time for such an event). And I remember being `bowled over` by Armstrong's profound, perceptive words, as he came down the ladder.
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Post by Jay » 22 Jul 2019 11:10

A great occasion indeed. I was 19 and absolutely bowled over by it all too. My father finally got an apology from my mother. He been telling her for decades that they would see a man on the moon in their lifetime and she basically kept telling him to go back to reading his sci-fi books. :lol:
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Post by Phil » 22 Jul 2019 22:36

Maybe I should have named this thread the "Old Timers' Gathering Area." Anyway, it was good to see all of you here and to share pleasant memories of a special time long past. And it's nice to have confirmation of the fact that an affinity to Tomb Raider is not restricted to the younger set.

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Post by Jorge22 » 23 Jul 2019 00:03

Not at all. I actually find it interesting that some of the youths show interest in classic TR. That's cool. :)
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Re: Apollo 11

Post by Storm Chaser » 27 Jul 2019 01:09

It’s been great watching all the new (and re-runs of old) moon programs on TV. BBC4 (in the UK) has had a great selection. Can’t believe 50 years have passed. Hope I’m still around when they land on Mars.

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Post by Phil » 27 Jul 2019 14:57

This is an appropriate place for me to register some family pride. My older brother Ben received this rather matter-of-fact e-mail the other day from the current chairman of the Air Force Association: AFA would be honored if you would accept our Lifetime Achievement Award, to be given at the Air Force birthday dinner at the Gaylord National Harbor on September 18, 2019.

Each year the AFA "recognizes groups or individuals for their lifetime of achievement in the advancement of aerospace power."

Three individuals have been selected for the 2019 Award. In addition to Ben, one of the other two is "Buzz" Aldrin, the second man to have walked on the moon.

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Post by SuzanneJack » 27 Jul 2019 17:29

That's Wonderful Phil! :)

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Post by Jorge22 » 27 Jul 2019 17:44

Amazing! My congratulations to your brother.
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Post by rjb » 27 Jul 2019 22:52

Congratulations to your brother, Phil. :2thumbsup: Fame for you, Sir Philip, by association! :-o
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Re: Apollo 11

Post by Phil » 27 Jul 2019 23:02

rjb wrote:
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Fame for you, Sir Philip, by association! :-o
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Re: Apollo 11

Post by Hitsumei » 28 Jul 2019 00:25

Congratulations Phil! :) What a moment of pride for your family!
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