44 years ago on this date…

On July 20, 1969  Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.  My son David was 2 months old.  I got him out of his crib in the wee hours of the morning and sat him in front of the television because I wanted him to be there when we watched man set foot on the moon for the first time.  I don’t think he remembers much about it.  The following day these were the covers of our local newspapers.

Men walk on moon




9 thoughts on “44 years ago on this date…

  1. And just think, from those proud glory days to today when we have to bum a ride from another country to go into space. What a shame. a few years ago, I remember telling a younger guy that people my age just assumed we’d have landed a man on Mars by now and he said, “Yeah, that’s what they wanted you to believe.” We don’t lack the know-how, we only lack the ambition.

    • MCW, you are forgetting the facts that NASA (along with a consortium of other countries) have done absolutely amazing things in space since then.

      All much more important than “proving a point”.

      The Cold War is over, time you got over it.

  2. I remember the event like it was yesterday. Many of the family gathered for hours and hours waiting for the walk to start at a Aunt & Uncles house. A recent graduate of high school, we were gathered for my Grandmothers Birthday and the Moon walk coincided the same day. Some great memories that has lasted a lifetime.

    Happy Birthday Grandma. . . .119 years forever young today!

  3. I’m 44 like your son, I was a little over 3 months when my mother placed me in front of the tv to “watch” as well.

  4. I think every kid dreamed of being the first. I sure did! …and then when it finally happened, I didn’t even hear about it until 2 weeks later, bummer! …a Nam jungle thing where there was no news. I got to see re-runs later, but I’m sure the real-time event was amazing because we were all rooting for the same team! …and WON!
    I sadly gave up hopes of inventing some kind of Flubber, there’s only one first time!

  5. I was living in Germany at the time, so the timing was great. It seems that the coverage started about eleven a.m. It was also good that things happened on a Sunday and nobody missed work.

  6. The Moon would be a great place for a retirement home, it seems. With the low gravity, the old folks could dance around and still take care of themselves for a lot of years to come.
    Sea level air pressure is only about 14 pounds per sq. inch, and airlines only pressurize to about 8 pounds, so the environmental bubble could be quite lightweight, and barely noticeable if it got a meteor hole. They could recycle their water and grow their own food. Too bad I won’t live long enough to go there. Even now, I feel like I’m being driven to the ground by a force that I won’t be able to hold up against much longer. Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity!


  7. That is a great story. Even though he was too young to remember, that is a wonderful father & son moment. You remember every moment to this day and you shared that great moment with your son. What a great dad you are!

    I was 7 & my 12 year old brother had me convinced that if I looked hard enough, I could see the astronauts move around on the moon. I sure was naive!


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