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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 12:03 PM
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I was seven, going on eight, when the moon landing happened
Edited on Wed Jul-20-11 12:03 PM by MrScorpio
I watched it on TV. I had an Apollo model that I put together myself.

When they showed animations on TV of all the key events, I held my model up against the it for effect.

I was an excited seven year old.

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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 12:09 PM
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1. Five of us huddled around a 15" B & W TV...
Mr. Tikki was stationed in Louisiana, at that time...he and I and three
guys from the base sat in the tiny living room and watched
every step...
We were enthralled...

GO USA!!!!


Tikki
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 01:35 PM
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2. I was fourteen and wanting to die. It literally kept me going.
I'm not kidding. My mother had died the year before, my father was off in Southeast Asia, and I know now that I was screamingly depressed. But somehow the fact that people were actually walking on the moon made me determined that I wanted to see how this played out, what was out there, and really glad for humankind that we would do something so adventurous and strange.

I hate that we've shrunk back down to this, no longer having that adventurous spirit that could be so good for some kid who needs it a lot right about now.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 06:05 PM
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3. I was 18, working at an interstate gas station
I had a little B&W TV. As customers came in I invited them in to watch.
Everybody parked and came in. We had about 20 folks enjoying the sight.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 06:07 PM
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4. You do realize it was all faked in the Arizona desert, right?
:tinfoilhat:

:sarcasm:
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 10:16 AM
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9. Killjoy.
:rofl:
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 06:47 PM
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5. On a date with . . .
a COLLEGE guy . . . much older than me! *sigh* That's all the details I'm giving. :rofl:
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 08:35 AM
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6. The Bible did not foresee this. Therefore you were destroyed.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 08:53 AM
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7. I was 8, a month short of my ninth birthday, at that time
I remember my mom calling my brother and me in the house when we were outside playing ball. She told me I had to watch Neil Armstrong et al. land on the moon. I asked her why and her response was, "This is history. One day you'll tell your kids you personally saw men landing on the moon." All four of us (my dad was at work so he didn't get to see it) were gathered in the living room watching a small, black-and-white TV, when Neil Armstrong uttered the immortal words, "...one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." I thought it was going to be one of my mom's boring lessons but it turned out to be something very riveting and interesting; in fact, I was sad when they returned to the regularly scheduled programming. This is a history lesson I never forgot; in fact, I told my friends -- and their children -- that I personally witnessed the first successful moon landing on the set.
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suninvited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 09:45 AM
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8. It was my eighth birthday
and I was supposed to be going on an overnight camping trip that day with my Brownie troop. I was so excited about the trip, but when I woke up it was raining non-stop and my mother told me the trip would probably be cancelled. We got all my stuff ready anyway, and when the phone rang with the news that the trip had been cancelled I tried to act like it was okay but I secretly went in my room and cried.

My brother, who was twelve at the time had a small black and white television in his room and he kept running out giving updates on the moon landing until we all got curious and gathered in his room and watched the landing. It was very exciting.

Today, I am very happy that my trip was cancelled, or I would have missed the moon landing. There were other camping trips (rare, because we lived in Iceland and weather only allowed a few weeks of camping a year) but I don't remember any of them as well as I remember that day.



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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 10:46 AM
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10. It was the day before my 17th birthday. I watched it on a black
and white tv with two of my friends and my family. It was amazing then and equally amazing thinking about it now. Seems like yesterday :-).
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 10:52 AM
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11. 13 going on 14
Stressful time with my monster mother. But I did see it on TV. By the time I was 15, I left the monster, never seeing or speaking with her again.
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 10:55 AM
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12. I was 19.
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-11 03:34 AM
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13. For some reason, I remember the Apollo 8 broadcast
better than the Apollo 11 broadcast. And the quote I remembered from Apollo 11 at the time was not the one by Armstrong, but the one by Michael Collins: "Not since Adam has any human known such solitude".
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-11 08:51 AM
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14. A bit old for me -- I was 8 when Columbia went into space.
I was so nervous when it took off - I watched it on ABC - WRAL channel 5 (now CBS station) and I was just as nervous when it landed in what seemed like a desert.

I later got all sorts of models of space shuttles.

I'm sad that we have no solid plan to continue out there...
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