Milestone + 40 Jul 20, 2009 18:50:11 GMT -5
Post by Fish on Jul 20, 2009 18:50:11 GMT -5
Forty years ago today men first walked on the moon. I can remember watching the event on our color TV (that was high tech for 1969). I had no idea as to the significance of what I was watching. I only knew that it was neat-o (the word of choice at that time) to watch rockets blast off and to watch the astronauts that had captured this (then) young boy's imagination.
I remember going outside to look at the moon that night and I can still hear my father telling me that there were people walking around on it. I think he was trying to instill in me the importance of the moment. He was trying to make it stick in my young, 5 yr old mind. He succeeded and my heroes, the astronauts, would have a profound affect on my life.
I never missed an Apollo launch. I would sit GLUED to the television for hours......waiting......waiting for that final countdown. I would recite it along with the NASA controller whose voice crackled from the Johnson Space Center. Ten....nine....eight...seven....
As the numbers counted down, my heart rate would do the opposite.
The Apollo missions and the men who mastered them left a lasting mark on me. It was the Apollo missions that ultimately led me to the path of aviation, starting with the Air Force. Many of my heroes have worn space suits (that's me on the right...20 yrs ago).That path led me to more amazing things than I can count. I've been blessed to have had the experiences that I only knew because I was watching Walter Cronkite on July 20, 1969 and because men dared to conquer the moon.
I'm making this post because I honor and thank those men.