RobMacKillop wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:22 pm
I repeat what I said earlier, let's please keep this thread focussed on our experience of the moon landing.
Unfortunately, Rob, we can’t always control where our threads will go.
We went out in my backyard at night tried to see Sputnik circling overhead. Our dog had puppies. We named one Sputnik, Nkki for short. We actually did see Echo and TelStar probes in he clear New Hampshire on cold nights.
The first American in space, Alan Shepherd, was from my state and near my town. In 1961 I remember wearing my N.Y. Giants football helmet sitting in the recliner in our family room watching the entire 20 minute mission, making believe it was me in that capsule. It was a Friday and we had the day off from school. I was 10 and going to be an astronaut.
10 years later, Shepard walked on the moon. I was on a research vessel somewhere in the Gulf of Maine. It was my 20th birthday. I wasn’t making $8 a day. As I surfaced from another freezing research dive (it was February) snow flying, I thought of the crew up there on Apollo 14 walking on the moon breathing through a regulator like I was and hoped someday we might make a comparable national commitment to learn about our own planet, a perspective of which we gained on the first lunar missions. I wrote about it in my log. Buzz Aldrin had it right: “magnificent desolation”. Another astronaut, Scott Carpenter, devoted his remaining career to being an aquanaut. Unfortunately we never made that kind of all-in commitment.
This week I watched the series Chasing the Moon. What I found most interesting, because I had read and heard so much before, were the comments of Kruschev’s son. The Soviets pretty much quit race to the moon. We didn’t know it yet. Or we knew it but Von Braun and “the military industrial complex” kept the race going so the project wouldn’t end. It was also interesting how the astronauts maintained focus on their work while War was wagin in Viet Nam. They were the lucky Navy pilots.
Today I’m watching the build up to the British Open. Still no golf tournaments on the moon in spite of Alan Shepard’s great drive.
All this time I thought I was making music; it was making me.
2015 Steve Ganz "Solidarity"
1980 Dauphin D30
1962 Fender pre-CBS P-Bass
National Triolian Uke ca.1930
Almost as many fly rods as guitars