- Posted July 20, 2014 by
One Small Step...
Has 45 years really passed since man first stepped on the moon?
I remember well that hot July Sunday night in 1969 my eyes locked on the black and white television screen after church. With total awe, I watched mesmerized as Neil Armstrong's booted foot made contact with moon dust.
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Skip ahead over 20 years later. I was sitting in a diner in Linton, Indiana sipping coffee, my notepad on the table in front of me. Across the table sat a man who was more than just a man, but a space traveler.
I was interviewing Neil Armstrong for a piece in the Linton Daily Citizen. Armstrong was in Linton as he did every year to participate in the Phil Harris Scholarship Golf Tournament.
And here was I talking with this true American hero!
I recall sitting down with Armstrong and asking him about that historic night. He was humble and did not dwell much on his part in making history. Armstrong concentrated on praising the endeavors and work of all those involved in the project past and present.
He talked about the devotion of those NASA techs and scientists who seldom were given the credit and praise for making the impossible possible. Armstrong told how those techs and scientists were the ones that turned science fiction into scientific fact.
Today we celebrate the 45th anniversary of that momentous occasion.
Today there is no talk about returning to the moon. The space program as we knew it has been shut down.
True during the 2012 presidential primaries, Newt Gingrich did talk about setting up a colony on the moon. The only reaction was how looney Newt sounded.
The days when children dreamed of going to space camp in the summer are from a bygone era. The days of wanting to be an astronaut when a child grows up seem long forgotten.
Armstrong is gone now, but will always live in my mind.
From the Cornfield, we fulfilled the promise made by President John F. Kennedy to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade - the 1960s.
Today we need a new promise to renew the American spirit that was so prevalent back in those days of Camelot.