Monday, July 20, 2009

Heads or Tails - Where I was July 20 1969

 Skittles started a meme called Heads or Tails quite awhile ago, this week is Where or Wear. So I am shamelessly re-posting an old post of mine.

At 10:56 pm EDT July 20, 1969 Astronaut walked on the moon. He spoke from 240,000 miles away to more than a billion people listening on earth. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

That day my friend and I went to Central Park to witness the landing of the Apollo II on the moon. The event unfolded on large projection screens set up in the Sheep Meadow. The atmosphere was reverent and the huge crowd was quiet with uneasy anticipation. When the first images flickered the crowd went nuts and strangers were hugging each other and jumping up and down with excitement. It was an exhilarating place and time to be in New York.

The day before we had taken the trip to the Statue of Liberty, and done some other sight seeing and pleasantly tired after dinner had gone up to our room. We stayed in a hotel on Time Square on the tenth floor and could see all the lights and excitement of the street below. We were out on the balcony scanning the night sky because someone had told us because it was such a clear night we might be able to see Apollo II as it passed over.

Suddenly, there was a terrific clanging and someone running up the corridor banging on doors, there was a fire in the hotel, and we had to evacuate immediately. We ran to the fire escape and hurtled down the stairs, and tumbled into Time Square. There was about 800 other people all milling around wondering what was happening. Luckily it was only smoke in the kitchen and we all were able to return safely to our rooms.

I will always remember what I was doing the day the first man walked on the moon, how about you? 

By the way I was probably wearing hot pants and high boots to Central Park that day. I remember getting quite a few stares. I was relatively fresh from London UK and North America had not caught up with the fashions.


Anna said...

I was 4, so I don't remember anything about it.

Any pics of you in those hot pants?

chicamom85 said...

That was a fun post.


Hootin' Anni said...

Hot pants...yes I remember those. Way back. On July 20th 40 years ago, I was with my 3 month old daughter...I wrote about it yesterday on my blog.

Great post.

My "where" is posted also. Come on over if you can find time. Happy Tuesday.

i beati said...

some special memory of where all right !!sandy

Karen said...

I was 8; our family was gathered around the TV. My dad took photos of the TV screen with his polaroid camera! Hasn't technology come a long way since then,

Karen said...

How fantastic! I loved this recollection of that day.

Kelly said...

That was before my time, but my most favorite historical moment. I remember asking my mom and dad repeatedly to relay their memories of the Apollo landing to me as a kid. I'm jealous that you were there and have your own memories to share.

Jeni said...

Yep, I remember where I was as I watched the first man walk on the moon. I was in a bar in District Heights, Maryland -The Shady Oak Inn -with a fairly large gathering of rowdy friends and the explosion of applause that came forth, along with lots and lots of cheering as we all watched Neil Armstrong and heard those words for the first time "One small step for man...." Yeah, a bunch of drunks can be very patriotic too ya know!

Autumn said...

Sorry I missed out. I was far from born when that occurred.

Tumblewords: said...

Great place to be for that historic event! The US is always a little fashion 'late' or at least it was when I was interested in that topic!

Beth said...

What an awesome place and age to view the moon landing!!!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Do you now wonder how such an urban creature as yourself came to live where you are. Now you can enjoy the Northern Lights, even more wondrous than the moon.

I admire NASA for broadcasting it live. It would have been a different story if they failled to leave the surface of the moon.

We were waiting for our child to be born so I must have been home. I was annoyed missing the other great event of the time, Woodstock!

Joy said...

What a great story to tell. Love your outfit you described. Wish you had pictures.
I was 3 in 1969, so I don't remember.

I know this event made a huge impact on so many people. Of course here in Houston that's all we've read about in the papers during that anniversary time.