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Where Were You On July 20....1969?  
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

For us 'old folks', do you remember were you were when Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon (40 years ago next month)?

I was at summer camp in Charlevoix, MI. I don't remember much, just that all the kids were crowded around a little black and white TV.

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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

My mom was 5 and my dad was 10. I dont think I was given much thought then  Wink


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User currently offlineFlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

I wasn't born yet. However, I hope to be one of the new generation astronauts going back. It is an honor to study in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, and we will celebrate the 40th anniversary.


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2983 times:

Yes I remember it quite well. I was in Corsica as every summer at the time.

I had to hyke up to a mountain where they had the big TV antenna and station to watch the Moon landing. There was no TV in the house. A lot of people from the village did the same. Everybody wanted to see the lunar module landing and first steps on the Moon.

What struck me most was the flag that did not move a bit and stood still. I had never seen anything like it ever before. All stayed up in the TV plant for the whole of the broadcast. It was all black and white TV at the time which I thought was very nice.

We all hyked back down to the village with flash lights when the show had ended talking about everything we saw during the live cast making some stops looking at the sky. It was sort of like we had our own trip to the Moon.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2959 times:

I listened to the landing live on the radio, aged nine. I was at school in Hong Kong at the time and the "powers that be" shepherded us into the assembly hall to listen. Most were a bit pissed off at the disruption but a few of us had been following since the Gemini programme and were enthralled. Of course, it was the 21st July there.  Smile

Cheers to the former Sek Kong Primary School. After the handover, it was occupied by the Chinese military and was teeming with satellite dishes.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
What struck me most was the flag that did not move a bit and stood still.

 checkmark  And yet there are those who swear it kept moving. I'll have a pint of whatever they're drinking.  biggrin 


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Also I thought they were going to plant a United Nations flag on the Moon as I thought the Moon belonged to all and not only to the country that sent the human beings who walked on her for the very first time.


There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineTylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

My parents hadn't even met yet.
Some of you folks are really o-l-d!


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2936 times:



Quoting TylerDurden (Reply 6):
Some of you folks are really o-l-d!

and quite happy with it too!

1969... one of my most favourite years.

Just think. Concorde first flights in France and the UK, the Woodstock and Isle of Wight festivals, the first man on the Moon!

 airplane   angel   airplane 



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineTylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2922 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
and quite happy with it too!

That's great....I meant to put a  Smile after my comment.
I intend to fight age any way possible---short of death!


User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2322 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2906 times:

I had turned nine years old a month earlier (24 June - yes, it's my birthday tomorrow, and yes, I'm old!) I was home with my parents and younger sister, glued to the TV, watching it all unfold. I even remember taking photos of the TV screen with my little Kodak 126 Instamatic camera (my first foray into aviation photography!) I'll have to try to find those old prints - probably somewhere in my parents' house.


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User currently offlineCanadi>n From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

I was 10 years old and sitting in front of a b/w TV in Bogota, Colombia. My family and I had only been in the country for three weeks, so my Spanish was virtually non-existant. Luckily, a lot of the feed being shown on the local station was in English, so we could figure out what was going on. As a side note, the broadcast was sponsored by Avianca and a beautiful model of a 707 sat on the anchor's desk throughout the broadcast. I think that was what triggered my interest in commercial aviation.

User currently offline808TWA From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 701 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

I was a whole 5 months old, back in Scotland....Not even sure if we had a TV yet!.....personally I think I slept through the whole event.


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Approaching my 2nd birthday, I have no memory of this historic date.
Oldest program on TV I can remember are daily reports of the Vietnam War on TV news, read by Karl-Heinz Köpcke.
-HT



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2847 times:
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I was 8 years old living in Morpeth in the north east of England. My parents dragged me out of bed to watch it on fuzzy black and white TV  Smile


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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

I was 3 going on 4 at the time. I was probably near the T.V. with my family at the time; but I was a bit too young to recall what I was seeing.


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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12468 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

In Mummy's tummy! I was born on September 19th; my mother has told me that she was watching the whole thing while she was in the latter stages of her pregnancy.

(I was actually born in New Jersey, although I came back home to Ireland when I was 3 mos. old!)


User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2826 times:



Quoting TylerDurden (Reply 6):

My parents hadn't even met yet.
Some of you folks are really o-l-d!

haha. Same! I agree.  Silly

My mum was 11 and my dad was 3. I wasn't even thought of at the time.

My Aunt Marie watched it live with my Grandad though. She still remembers it like it was yesteryday.

JG  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6293 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

Southbound out of Albuquerque in my grandparents 1969 Electra 225. I remember it like it was only 40 years ago.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

Unfortunately I was an embryo. My mom was 14 almost 15, and my dad was 17. I wish I was around then tho...


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2809 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 12):
Approaching my 2nd birthday, I have no memory of this historic date.
Oldest program on TV I can remember are daily reports of the Vietnam War on TV news, read by Karl-Heinz Köpcke.
-HT

I was about 2 1/2 years old at the time, so I don´t have any memories (and AFAIK, we didn´t have a TV at this time anyway). About one year later we had a black and white TV and I was allowed to watch the subsequent moon landings, something which really influenced me. There exists a picture of myself in a miniature toy spacesuit and if I look into the old folder of pictures I drew in kindergardten (my mother neatly filed them away at this time and I recently upearthed this folder), I noticed that most of the pictures I drew up to the age of 10 were either rocket launches or vulcanic eruptions (my dad was a geologist).
At the age of 5 I knew all the astronaut´s names and wanted to become one as well.
Concering my TV memories, I also remember the news from Vietnam and the Jom Kippur war.

Jan


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2788 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
Also I thought they were going to plant a United Nations flag on the Moon as I thought the Moon belonged to all and not only to the country that sent the human beings who walked on her for the very first time.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 
In the middle of the cold war/space race! You're kidding right?


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2781 times:



Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
do you remember were you were when Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon

Yep......


I was still to be born (11 years later)  Wink



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10426 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

Man, most of you folks are REALLY young. I was 21 and in the Air Force, stationed at Travis AFB, CA. My first wife and I had only been married a short time and we watched the moon landing on a small, portable TV set that didn't have a very good picture to start with. We had to put blankets on the windows to cut down on the light just to get a decent view.


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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

I was 14 years old at the time, remember watching it in B&W on a 21" TV set with my Dad in the living room of what is still my mom's house. The ultimate goal of the Space program, the dream of millions over the centuries would be realized. I believe I watched the coverage on CBS TV network, led by Walter Cronkite (who is still alive but quite ill). Defenitely one of the most important (and good) events in my life.

User currently offlineRonglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 625 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

I remember it as though it was yesterday. It was a Sunday. I was 20 years old, working on the icebreaker CCGS Alexander Henry for the summer. We were tied up in the harbour at Midland, Ontario for the weekend. Just about the entire crew was sitting in the mess watching Walter Cronkite on CBS throughout the afternoon and evening.

I remember Aldrin or Armstrong saying "we're picking up some dust" just before they landed. That made it all seem very real to me.

There wasn't any jubilation or cheering in our crowd when the actual landing occurred - just a few "wow's" and head shakes - a real sense of admiration for what the Americans had done!


25 Cs03 : At camp WOHIKA in Danby, Vermont. No radio/TV.............
26 WarRI1 : I was 31 at the time, married and had a 2 year old Daughter, still married and now have a 42 year old Daughter. Tempest Fuget!
27 Kent350787 : I was watching TV with mum and dad - another 4yo here..... Funny that the signal was coming from the moon to Parkes in central western NSW (about 4.5
28 Doona : Tempest? Cheers Mats
29 StealthZ : Aged 13, living in Alice Springs in the centre of Australia. No television there then but remember listening to the landing early in the morning then
30 NorthstarBoy : I'd have been 19 months old at the time, living with my parents in the San Francisco Area. my brother would have been just one month old. Whether my p
31 LH526 : Sooner or later all tempest fugit .... However tempus fugit. I for my part was still a far away imagination in my parents mind.
32 Springbok747 : Not born yet..mum was 6 dad was 8....and they were hundreds of miles apart...its a wonder they met, married and had me ..hahaha.
33 Glydrflyr : July 20, 1969 was a showery, overcast day in central New Jersey, where my flying club, Fairfield Aero Club, based at Caldwell, NJ, was having a clamba
34 Kiwiandrew : actually for most of the worlds population the moon landing happened on 21/07/69 rather than 20/07 . anyway , on the morning of Monday 21 July 1969 ,
35 Aaron747 : With all due respect, when the UN can organize and fund something as incredible as the Apollo project, your line of thinking will become legitimate.
36 David L : They didn't claim ownership of the moon, only that they got there first.
37 EA CO AS : I was out of town. Signed, Neil Armstrong
38 David L : I watched subsequent moon landings on our first colour TV... in Braunschweig. The live pictures were so much better by then.
39 Atrude777 : I wasn't born yet. But My dad was watching it in his classroom with everyone else. When Neil finally landed on the moon, the teacher turned and walked
40 Steeler83 : Damn dude! Awesome!!! So I take it that the weather here in the Greater Philadelphia area was no better then...
41 Don81603 : I was 6 years old, and I vividly recall watching it on the old black and white tube & rabbit ear equipped box TV on 4 wobbly legs...
42 StasisLAX : Sitting in front of a black and white console TV in my parent's living room in Ridley Park, PA (suburban Philadelphia). I was 5 yrs old, so that's al
43 Iflyatldl : Camp Whitsett in Johnsondale, CA Boy Scout Camp. I was eleven.
44 FlybaurLAX : I've been there twice for scout camp. I have some pretty fond memories of that place. Although I was there about 30 years after you were.
45 WarRI1 : My mistake, Tempus Fugit, time flees, more common, time flys.
46 Falcon84 : I was almost 8 then, and, honestly, I have no memory of it. I have a horrible memory to begin with. It's one of the things I really wish I remembered,
47 Mayor : Unfortunately, there are those that believe that the moon landing never happened and that it was staged. My wife's first husband was one of those. He
48 NoWorries : I was 14 at the time. Our TV broke the day before so my dad rushed out to the strore and bough a 19" portable B&W so that we could see it. That was th
49 PHLBOS : I didn't know you were once a Delco resident. I presently reside (in Secane) just a few miles from where you lived.
50 Vhqpa : Well Mum was 5, Dad was 15 and I was still 19 years away. Vhq.
51 Andz : My mother too. Have you seen Capricorn One?
52 Mayor : Yes, and very well done. The trouble with all these conspiracy theories is that in a group that large, sworn to secrecy, it would be almost impossibl
53 VarigB707 : i was 3 years old. So i don't remember.
54 Airtrainer : My older sister wasn't even born so I don't think my parents were thinking about me at that time
55 S.P.A.S. : I was still on my father's left ball..or had it been the right one?
56 Braniff747SP : ha! i was going to go there this summer, but another (aviation related) thing came up. My troop, though, goes there every 2 to 3 years.
57 Type-Rated : I was at Comisky part watching a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals. It was a VERY boring game, I felt like sleeping throug
58 Post contains links CPH-R : A fig of imagination For those of us who weren't around back then, here's some glorious BBC coverage - some even in color :: http://www.youtube.com/vi
59 Post contains images DXing : I was 10. When they landed we had just finished a round of golf at Old Orchard which was in Westlake, Ohio and got destroyed by I90. My Dad and I were
60 Aaron747 : Nice call. My paternal grandmother willed me the LA Times specials for both that and the breaking of the Watergate scandal. Old newspapers are nice t
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