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The Apollo 11 moon landing/walk on July 20, 1969 was a momentous time in US History. Wish I could’ve watch it all live, but I was just a 8 day old newborn while it was happening.:cry: Oh well, but I have enjoyed watching all the latest documentaries, with new footage and all, on the 50th Anniversary of this historic event.:thumbup:

For you The Greatest Generationers 1910-1924, The Silent Generationers 1925-1945, Baby boomers (1946 and 1964), and early Gen Xers (1965, 1966, 1967, 1969) where were you during that historic event?
 

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I'm one of the few Boomers who didn't get to watch it live. I was on an epic coming-of-age roadtrip with a bunch of other 14- and 15-year-olds, to Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico. The bus our Council had originally chartered broke down before the start of the journey, so we wound up in a 10-year-old bus without working A/C. We stayed in military bases (this during the height of the Vietnam War) like Forts Riley and Leonard Wood. Toured the Gateway Arch, Wall Drug, Garden of the Gods, USAF Academy, Pikes Peak, Taos Pueblo, etc. Ten days on the bus coming and going, a week hiking and camping in the mountains, almost 3 weeks without parental supervision. Luckily (as far as I know) none of the Scout leaders accompanying us were pedophiles. Even better, my best friend discovered porn at a gas station somewhere in Kansas. The bus ride back to Pennsylvania was a true voyage of discovery.

IIRC the night we took "One Small Step for Man" my buddies and I were at Crater Lake, listening to a bear maul a camper at an adjoining campsite.

I wouldn't trade those memories for hte world.
 

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It's just sad - where we are 50 years later...
Really? 1969 was better? We were mired in a senseless, unwinnable war in Southeast Asia, and another Cold War with the Russkies. We had a drug epidemic. An out-of-control counter-culture. A nation being torn apart by political turmoil. "Equal Rights" were more a figment of imagination than a reality. We didn't realize the nicotine and cannabis we were ingesting was killing us, to say nothing of the acid and shrooms some of us tried. Skinny rib shirts and bell bottom jeans? Hip, but grossly uncomfortable. Cars were trash. We were killing the environment and no one cared. (Remember this guy?)



We wrote letters or used land lines to communicate. If you needed information your choices were pulling out your Encyclopedia Britannica or going to the library, spending an hour with the card catalogue, only to find out the book you wanted had been checked out. We had THREE choices for entertainment: ABC, NBC and CBS. Instead of Westworld and GOT we had Bonanza, Marcus Welby and Bewitched.

The music was better, I'll give you that. But I'm happy with 2019, thanks.
 

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(Remember this guy?)
That would be Jay Silverheels, elite Hollywierd actor.

Paraphrasing Oglala Lakota Chief Low Dog, ***8220;this is a good day to die:***8221; It is good to be old. Leave THEM to the bed that they have made.
 

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Really? 1969 was better?
I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he meant with respect to manned space flight. We have pretty much abandoned the endeavor as a government-funded entity. It remains to be seen just how serious we are about a manned mission to Mars.

It is kind of hard to believe that not only have we not sent another person to the Moon in nearly 50 years, but we couldn't do it even if we wanted to right now. Who knows, maybe corporate-backed space travel will get things done more effectively, guess we'll find out in the next couple of decades.
 

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NASA is a mere technology demonstrator for which we traded real science in the Super-Conducting Super Collider at Waxahatchie, Texas. I believe that the SJW Squat will demand their pound of flesh from nearest the heart (Shylock in the Medrchant of Venice).

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I was eight years old, I remember watching this with my family. My Dad was base commander at Edwards AFB during this period, he used to take me on base and gave me tours of the aircraft. This was pretty cool stuff for a young kid. I've been reading "One Giant Leap, The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon", he goes thru a lot of the early history as well as the current events during this time frame.
 

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I'm one of the few Boomers who didn't get to watch it live. I was on an epic coming-of-age roadtrip with a bunch of other 14- and 15-year-olds, to Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico. The bus our Council had originally chartered broke down before the start of the journey, so we wound up in a 10-year-old bus without working A/C. We stayed in military bases (this during the height of the Vietnam War) like Forts Riley and Leonard Wood. Toured the Gateway Arch, Wall Drug, Garden of the Gods, USAF Academy, Pikes Peak, Taos Pueblo, etc. Ten days on the bus coming and going, a week hiking and camping in the mountains, almost 3 weeks without parental supervision. Luckily (as far as I know) none of the Scout leaders accompanying us were pedophiles. Even better, my best friend discovered porn at a gas station somewhere in Kansas. The bus ride back to Pennsylvania was a true voyage of discovery.

IIRC the night we took "One Small Step for Man" my buddies and I were at Crater Lake, listening to a bear maul a camper at an adjoining campsite.

I wouldn't trade those memories for hte world.
Thanks for sharing. Did you make Eagle Scout?


I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he meant with respect to manned space flight. We have pretty much abandoned the endeavor as a government-funded entity. It remains to be seen just how serious we are about a manned mission to Mars.

It is kind of hard to believe that not only have we not sent another person to the Moon in nearly 50 years, but we couldn't do it even if we wanted to right now. Who knows, maybe corporate-backed space travel will get things done more effectively, guess we'll find out in the next couple of decades.
I was assuming the same. Went to the Kennedy Space Center in 2017 and during one of their tour programs it was mentioned a lot of their work right now is planning/development for the manned trips to Mars. That is the reason why the Shuttle program was cancelled so that funding can be directed to the Mars mission. For now, NASA is only launching rockets to send supplies to the ISS, or new satellites into orbit, as well as, having private companies such as Space X are use Kennedy Space Center for also launching satellites into space.


I was eight years old, I remember watching this with my family. My Dad was base commander at Edwards AFB during this period, he used to take me on base and gave me tours of the aircraft. This was pretty cool stuff for a young kid. I've been reading "One Giant Leap, The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon", he goes thru a lot of the early history as well as the current events during this time frame.
Very cool!
 

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Sorry late to the party,

but I thing quack meant that in so far as space travel and exploration.
We have never been back to the moon, nor any closer to getting someone on mars.

If this was already noted, i duly apologize


Really? 1969 was better? We were mired in a senseless, unwinnable war in Southeast Asia, and another Cold War with the Russkies. We had a drug epidemic. An out-of-control counter-culture. A nation being torn apart by political turmoil. "Equal Rights" were more a figment of imagination than a reality. We didn't realize the nicotine and cannabis we were ingesting was killing us, to say nothing of the acid and shrooms some of us tried. Skinny rib shirts and bell bottom jeans? Hip, but grossly uncomfortable. Cars were trash. We were killing the environment and no one cared. (Remember this guy?)

We wrote letters or used land lines to communicate. If you needed information your choices were pulling out your Encyclopedia Britannica or going to the library, spending an hour with the card catalogue, only to find out the book you wanted had been checked out. We had THREE choices for entertainment: ABC, NBC and CBS. Instead of Westworld and GOT we had Bonanza, Marcus Welby and Bewitched.

The music was better, I'll give you that. But I'm happy with 2019, thanks.
 
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