On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. He said, "that's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.
I remember being dragged in from playing outside at a friend's house to watch what looked like just another black and white movie. I was too young to appreciate what was arguably the best technological feat of the 20th century.
From writer Joe Parham: It was humid and I was the guest of my uncle, one of whom I occasionally disagreed.
Uncle Sam had quartered me at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, for basic training. One of the classrooms was set up with a television.
About two dozen of us showed up late that night, despite the fact we had to get up at 5:30 the next morning.
It seemed to take forever for anything to happen, for that very first step.
The room was quiet, punctuated by an occasional “wow” or ”golly” or “damn, look at that.”
We were young men, all tough as nails, and just about each of us found it hard to believe that someone was leaving footprints on the moon. As we walked out, a friend from south Georgia turned to me and said, “The Army’ll probably send us up there tomorrow to clean up after ‘em.” We all laughed, grinned and walked into the dark night, leaving history on a black and white tv set glowing in an empty classroom.
From writer Clint Deloatch: When Neil Armstrong first landed on the moon I was about 12 years old.
We were out of school and it was hot during mid-summer.
I lived in a small farming town in North Carolina and our dad was a news junkie then, as he still is now at 85 years old.
He made us all come into our den, where our black and white TV was on and we had to sit and watch history being made as man landed on the moon.
Now, he didn’t really have to make us watch TV because my sisters and brothers and I also loved TV. If it was news that was on, we watched that too.
I recall being fascinated by the sights and sounds of man landing on the moon… all the static from the radios, all the beeps and the grainy pictures.
It was great!
Where were you and what were you doing when man first walked on the moon?
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