Monday, July 20, 2009
FORTY years ago I was traveling back from San Diego with my family. We had been sightseeing with our cousin, Rudy, who was visiting from Germany. The car radio kept us posted to the Apollo 11 journey, when the announcement came that Apollo's Eagle lunar landing vehicle was in the process of landing on the moon. We quickly pulled off the highway and stopped at a cafe/bar and watched this historic event on a small black and white television with many other travelers who had made the stop.
What an amazing event! It was simply mind-boggling to all of us who were crowded around this little television watching our hero Astronauts and listen to Neil Armstrong's famous words, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." as he stepped out onto the surface of the moon: "One small step for Man, a giant leap for Mankind!
American ingenuity and commitment. The "exemplary moment of America's we-can-do-anything attitude."