Where were you when we first walked on the moon?

Moon landing

Today is the 49th Anniversary of the first moon landing.

Where were you?

Do you remember?

We were living in Norman, Oklahoma at the time. And my parents got us up from bed to come out and watch as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon.

Even at the tender age of six, I had some inkling as to just how unbelievable a feat it was that man made it to the moon.

The Apollo Mission – man’s forays into the vastness of space – was a technological marvel.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins became superstars — American heroes.

“One small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.”

And it was a giant leap.

Buzz Aldrin moon landing

Today, I think to some degree, we have become jaded.

Computer-generated special effects make this monumental event seem mundane.

But it wasn’t mundane.

It still isn’t.

And as much as the full significance of the event might have escaped my brother and me in 1969, looking back, I am continually grateful that my parents woke us up to watch history happen.

By the way, back in 2015, NASA released a slew (which is Dianny-speak for over 8K) of never-before-seen photos of the Apollo Missions.

Let me tell you, there are some awesome ones.

Take a look at them yourself HERE.

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18 thoughts on “Where were you when we first walked on the moon?

  • July 20, 2018 at 11:33 am
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    my mom was in the hospital, so it was daddy and me in front of the tv, and we went outside to look up, and we felt so big, but so small and so proud to be Americans, it was a wonderful break from Vietnam ( and I was 11 and already jaded by the war)

    • July 20, 2018 at 11:34 am
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      btw we were in CT……couldn’t wait to get away from that hole

  • July 20, 2018 at 12:01 pm
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    Glued to a small b&w tv in Bradenton, FL with my mother and brothers. I was 7 and anything seemed possible.

  • July 20, 2018 at 12:24 pm
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    Age 9 and in Minnesota watching it on TV. Mom and Dad let me stay up to watch it

  • July 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm
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    I’ll never forget it. I was 11 and a total space cadet. Everyone I knew wanted to be an astronaut. Armstrong, Aldrin & Collins were my heroes. My mom let me stay up most of the night to watch their exploits. It was incredible. Our pride in our nation was palpable. There was nothing we couldn’t achieve.

    July 20, 1969 was a Monday. The NY Post added an extra O throughout the paper and it said Moonday on every page. I still have it and refer to it from time to time. Sadly, due to budget cuts and a lack of will, the Moon colony we’d all envisioned back then never materialized and as with so many of the “greatest generation’s” accomplishments, we’re left to reminisce about former glory.

    Let’s hope Trump’s proposed Space Force and the assorted public/private initiatives to return to the Moon & travel to Mars supposedly in the offing materialize in our lifetimes.

    • July 20, 2018 at 8:37 pm
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      I dreamed of being a nurse on a Moonbase.

      Pity that never came true

  • July 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm
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    I was only 3. My mom says that we watched the landing on TV together. But I have no memory of it. I do remember watching later Apollo landings on TV; as well as the early Space Shuttle missions. Have been a total space nut since.

  • July 20, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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    I remember that day very well. I was taking care of chores when my Dad called me in to watch. It was one of the few times we had the TV on during the day in the summer. It was also my Mom’s birthday…which makes it easy to remember. Staring at the little black & white screen watching in pure amazement as Neil made his historic first step.

  • July 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm
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    I often look up at the moon and think, “Damn! There’s an American flag up there!”

    I remember how hard it rained here, but it was one of the most thrilling experiences ever.

  • July 20, 2018 at 7:43 pm
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    We were all hanging out at the park and scurried to a friend’s house to glue ourselves to the TV.

  • July 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm
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    Playing sky Links. Came in for a brew between 9’s. Watched it on TV while having more than 1. Still shot an 85; an honest, by the rules 85!

    thi was the last time I played there as I would soon have a 2nd child and needed to spend more time at home. So I played handball.

  • July 20, 2018 at 10:44 pm
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    Small black and white with rabbit ears. Hubby drug the mattress into living room and we lay there together watching the landing. I am forever a space junkie and hated that our space program got shuttered. Going back and forth to the Space Station is so ho-hum now. WE NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE OUT THERE AGAIN!! But yes, laying there in the middle of the living room floor, watching the most amazing American experience (I will remember until I can’t remember anything) was PRICELESS to me!

  • July 21, 2018 at 12:25 am
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    I was 11 and spending a couple of weeks at my grandparents house in Louisiana. I remember the flickering black and white images like it was yesterday. been a space nut ever since

  • July 21, 2018 at 11:34 am
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    I’d just turned 18 and graduated high school in Columbus, MS where dad was stationed. We had just been transferred to Warner Robbins AFB, GA and all 8 of us were crammed into tiny temporary quarters on base awaiting our base housing. My mother had just gone through a months long nervous breakdown and tensions were high. But when our guys landed on the moon (and we too were all crowded around a tiny B&W TV), the tensions seemed to melt away, mom snapped out of it, and we all cheered on our courageous astronauts. Times got much better after that. Dad no longer had to spend months away from us in Guam as the B-52 models at Robbins weren’t doing duty in Vietnam. Six months later I met my future husband at the base bowling alley and married six months after that. I never really thought about how that moonshot helped to put our big gregarious family back on track until just now. Thanks for the memory Dianny.

  • July 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm
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    I was 10 and at my buddy Stew’s. We were glued to that same small black and white screen with the rabbit ears. One Giant Leap For Mankind!

  • July 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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    20 (okay, so I’m older than water) and doing research in East Africa. I didn’t get to *see* the moon landing until some months later, when a short movie of it came to Mombasa. My Swahili friends thought it was a trick, some kind of special effects… but then, so did my grandfather in Fort Worth.

  • July 22, 2018 at 9:10 am
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    I was glued to the tv watching it. I still remember it to this day.

  • July 22, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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    Drunk in a bar in Vegas. Still here.

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