Monday, July 20, 2009

40 years ago today

40 years ago today, I had been five years old for five days. I was playing, like any five year old does, when my grandfather called me in to watch something on TV. It was humans landing on our home-base's satellite for the first time. I remember my grandfather, Doll Boy, telling me to watch this and I would remember it for the rest of my life.

He was right.


"Doll Boy" and me, a year or two before 1969.

What seems absurd now, seemed like the thing to do back in 1969, so my grandfather when to get his binoculars to take a look at the moon to see if he could see the astronauts. Much to his dissappointment, he couldn't. Much to my frustration, I couldn't even find the moon looking through those heavy black devices.

My grandfather died 6 years later, but the memory of that day lives on. In fact, it was he that made it special; not a couple of guys walking on the moon.
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