I saw a story on Foxnews today about it being the 45th anniversary for getting two men on the moon. This is one story that both my mom and dad told me about several times. They watched these events unfold in real time on live television. Years later, in the 1980s, I watched a VHS tape of the events with my dad. He gave the play-by-play of how it unfolded for he and my mom back in 1969. At that point in time, no one would have ever thought I would have pursued physics and engineering for a profession, but I did end up doing that. Reading about the event, both from an engineering perspective and from a social setting is pretty fascinating.
Dad told me on more than one occasion how he thought that this was the beginning of regular trips to the moon, building a moon base, etc. My parents got to live during the heyday of the US. NASA was pretty amazing at that point in time and was firing on all cylinders. By the time I got to college in the late 1990s many people in the engineering and physics community were not thinking near as highly as they had in times past about NASA. Many folks had little good to say at all. My father had a tremendous amount of pride in the United States. He felt that every other place on the planet was lacking by comparison. He would certainly be sad to see things now. He would blame it on the left wing folks 100%. I don’t have anywhere near the amount of pride my father had. I don’t think the US is what the rest of the world should model themselves after. But I digress. It is interesting, however, to see how quickly perspectives can change from one generation to the next.
It must have been pretty amazing to watch, in wonder, the events that unfolded 45 years ago today. I don’t really have too much else to say about this except the fact that it made me think of my parents when I saw the news story this morning and I thought I would post a bit to my WordPress account.
Below I am posting two pictures that show what my parents looked like around the time the US landed on the moon. My mom was about four months pregnant with my sister when Apollo 11 took place. Both pictures posted here show them in early 1970. This was the closest I could get when I did a quick scan their slides this fine Sunday morning.
Note: I got the NASA picture from here.