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.


Tim Tillinghast said...

Nice memory, Rick. I, too, remember the moon landing. . . We got to stay up late for once and watch it.

Oddly enough, I also have a memory of being IN KINDERGARTEN (which would have been fall 1969) and going to the principal's office to watch astronaut's walking around on the moon.
Someone said there were several moon landings within that first year and so perhaps it was a subsequent one.

Anonymous said...

I love this...remembering the event itself but even more, remembering Doll Boy. Very Sweet Memories!


Anonymous said...

Rick, now might be a good time to rent "October Sky." It's the true story of four teens in 1957 who see outer space and rockets as a way out of a life in the coal mines. The movie is very good, but when it's over, pay close attention to the closing comments. One of the kids actually went to work for NASA and helped design the space shuttle.

B & J S