I had been a sci-fi fan for quite a few years and so I was relatively unimpressed by the Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 moon landing, so much so that as it happened, I was on a double date at a drive-in. But I did manage to exit the car at the right time and go to the concession stand, where I watched the historic moment with the workers there on a tiny black and white TV. I didn’t quite feel it the way Cronkite did …. but then, the fact that I remember exactly where I was would seemt to suggest it did mean something to me — that my sci-fi imagination did not so diminish this moment as to make it unimportant.
Years later I remain impressed by what Armstrong said. He could have said something about America but he didn’t — he mentions “man” and “mankind” in his famous quote. Very classy and makes this a prouder moment than it would have been had he been less insightful.
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