1969: Watching a man walk on the moon still tops my list
On this day in 1969, President Nixon & the whole world watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon:
"Nixon joined approximately 500 million people around the world in watching Armstrong and Aldrin as the astronauts left their lunar landing module and walked on the moon. (The Soviet Union and China, America's two biggest rivals in the space race, banned the broadcast in their respective countries.)
After they planted an American flag on the moon's surface, the astronauts spoke directly to President Nixon, who congratulated them on their historic mission. His phone was linked via satellite through the NASA control center in Houston, Texas."
For me, the moon landing is still the most amazing news story of my lifetime.
Incredibly, it occurred a few months after the Jets beat the Colts and before the Mets upset the Orioles in the World Series.
It was that kind of year!
We grew up playing with rockets plus watching and reading science fiction stories.
We prepared ourselves for Neil Armstrong by watching all of those Gemini missions in classroom TVs and counting down to Apollo 11.
Will a future generation experience something like we did that evening 45 years ago?
I don't know for sure because we don't see have the same passion for space exploration that we did 50 years ago.
At the same time, I hope that some future boy can have the feeling that I did that evening many years ago.
Our entire family sat in our living room and watched in awe as Neil Armstrong came down those steps.
Again, I just hope some future boy can enjoy what I enjoyed that day. He will understand what I am writing about.