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Monday, July 20, 2009

Remember Apollo 11?

Where were you on July 20, 1969? Were you even born yet?



I remember watching this on our black and white TV, (we had one channel and that was only because we had a big antenna on our roof). Later that night, I remember looking at the moon, shining in that big Montana sky, and being astonished that people were up there walking on its surface. I always slept outside during the summer. I remember telling my mom it was because my room was too hot, but really, it was because our critters weren't allowed in the house, except for in the back porch and I lived for the summer nights when all the cats and dogs could share my "bed" on the lawn between the house and the barn. One of our cats had kittens the night of the moonwalk, (on my pillow... mom was not happy with me, to put it mildly!!) I named them Buzz, Neil and Apollo. (But Apollo and Buzz were females...hey...I was 12, cut me some slack...)

7 comments:

jenine (jenson_aka_DL) said...

This was a little over a year before I was born. It's pretty cool though, thanks for posting!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

What cute names for the kittens! The paper today said that a majority of people now alive (in the U.S. I guess) were not alive during the moon landing.

(I was indeed alive!)

ibeeeg said...

I was only 3 1/2 months old so I do not remember but was told over and over again about the event.

This week I am doing a Moon-Theme with my kids to focus in on this 40th anniversary.

bermudaonion said...

I wasn't all that interested in the space program, but my dad got me out of bed to watch this. (I was ten, by the way.) Poor Michael Collins, no one remembers him flying around the moon while the other guys were having all the fun.

Mike Licht said...

After 40 years, one thing is clear: the future is not what it used to be.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/the-future-is-not-what-it-used-to-be/

cj said...

What a sweet memory! It must've been amazing to lie there and stare up at the moon. Thanks for sharing.

cjh

writemeg said...

Buzz, Apollo and Neil -- I love it!

I wasn't even near being a twinkle in my mother's eye, but I love hearing the stories of the moon landing from she and my dad! Somehow they were both able to watch it when they went back to school in the fall, and my mom talks about it as such a crazy, amazing moment. Very cool!