[FPSPACE] John Noble Wilford remembers Apollo 11
dstdba at post4.tele.dk
Tue Jul 14 18:26:34 EDT 2009
Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Tue Jul 14 15:21:43 EDT 2009
> If anyone was old enough to remember, can you post where you were,
> and what you thought about what took place during that July 16 to
> 24, 1969 event?
> I would be interested in reading fpspacers' remembrances.
As I remember 1969 it was a busy year for young people, and our
attention span spread wide. Furthermore, the month of July falls
in the middle of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Young American hippies swamped Western Europe with hallucinogenic
drugs from the Middle East.
At around midnight on the night of 2-3 July 1969, Brian Jones of
the Rolling Stones was discovered motionless at the bottom of his
On July 8, 1969 the very first U.S. troop withdrawal from Vietnam
occurred as 800 men from the 9th Infantry Division were sent home.
With only one month to go to the Woodstock Festival Jimi Hendrix was
practicing his highly-regarded rendition of the The Star-Spangled
Even to an engineering student such as myself with a focused interest
on the exploration of space, Apollo 11 only managed to extract the
mandatory few hours spent in front of a black-and-white college dorm
TV in splendid loneliness in the middle of the night. A good show
it was, even though I failed - and still fail - to understand how
those crazy Americans found the chutzpah to take a televison camera
Hell, don't tell me that it was all filmed at Area 51!?
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