Since Walter Cronkite died, the Internet is awash with footage of his newscasts. And since he died near the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, many of those clips are of his coverage of that event. Here’s one of the lunar module landing on the moon.
You may notice in that clip that CBS News landed on the moon 40 seconds before Neil Armstrong did! Their simulation didn’t account for some last-minute maneuvering that delayed the landing a bit.
Family lore, by the way, is that my grandfather was on the team that designed the lunar module’s landing gear.
I was 23 days shy of two years old when all this went down. I watched it all, but all I remember is that the whole thing was brought to you by Gulf Oil. Yes, I could read the logo even at that age.
I know I’m three days late for this event, but hey, I never promised a topical blog here. What are your memories of the moon landing?
If you like reminiscing about childhood, you might like my story of how some early memories put me back in touch with who I am as an adult.