Lunar Memories

I clearly remember July 20, 1969, the date of the first lunar landing. It was a Sunday and I spent most of the day making tossed salads and shrimp cocktails at Dolly & Joe’s Restaurant lamenting that I was going to miss the live TV transmission of man’s first step onto the moon while I chopped lettuce and sliced carrots. I did have a small transistor radio on the shelf above me so I could listen to events early that afternoon. I was thrilled when I realized that the astronauts had several hours of preparation after touchdown before they would step out onto to the lunar surface. So I was home and in front of the TV well before Neil Armstrong stepped into the lunar dust at 10:39 pm. I’ll never forget that grainy, black and white image–it’s still a thrilling memory forty years later.

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