I will never forget the late night viewing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. I was just inches away from our little black and white tv watching Walter Cronkite’s coverage. My dad was fading in and out of sleep. But we were WIDE AWAKE when the actual moment occurred. Just me and pops in our living room experiencing HISTORY together.
Thanks, AMERICA! And THANKS NEIL for the INSPIRATION of over 50 years!
I was THERE!! Well, not actually present with the Astronauts of Apollo 11, but as a 10-year-old boy the memories are very vivid. I had cereal box punch-outs of the lunar module (LEM) and knew exactly what would happen next. Walter Cronkite was my hero as he explained every detail in advance.
But when the live TV of 1969 hit the airwaves, I was hooked. And I watched so attentively that I’m not sure I even ate a meal that day.
I remember that everyone in my house went to bed except my dad and me. As Neil Armstrong was preparing to take that first “small step” I looked back at my dad and he had fallen asleep — Ha! I watched continuously until they had made their walk, and until the TV stations all went off the air. Too bad I didn’t have a blog back then!!
I am now streaming the exact radio transmissions and living the moments over again at http://wechoosethemoon.org. Love it!
And here’s some restored video that captures some key moments of the famous NASA team working together for our U.S. Space Program.