I finally found time to post here.
Thanks, Terry, for the tribute. It is worth mentioning him honorably.
I saw one of the Apollo capsule at the Chicago Science and Industry Museum. Not the Apollo 11, for that's in DC. One would have to have pretty big cohunes to climb aboard that "steel rock" and fly through space at an astronomical speed to the moon not ever doing it before. I mean there was no test drive! We're talking 1969. Our cars have more computing power today than they had on that thing! Then to land it on a surface that no one was sure what it was. The reason for the tall legs on the lander was because they calculated and thought the dust might have been as much as 13 feet deep. I think they were a little off on their calculation. Then to survive there for nearly two days, fly back off the surface to meet the command module, and then fly back to earth. A magnificent feat indeed! Brave men!
It was an exciting summer for me:
I graduated high school
Bought my first car
I turned 18 and was designated 1A, which was eligibility for the draft
Tricky Dick Nixon was president
The moon landing
Viet Nam war kept escalating
The movie Easy Rider premiered
I saw Led Zeppelin 1st tour concert
Lost my hearing
In honorable tribute:
"That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind"