MAN on The MOON
NEIL ARMSTRONG Walks on the MOON
July 20, 1969
“One Small Step for Man , One Giant Leap for Mankind”
As American Astronaut Neil Armstrong takes his first step on the Moon and does a Moon walk on July 20th in the Year of Our Lord 1969.
Yes, those historic words were spoke by Neil Armstrong “One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind,” as he his first steps on the surface of the Moon, a feat never realize by any man in the entire history of the World up to that point, and a feat only achieved by a handful of men to this very day July 20th on the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing and man walking upon the surface of our Moon.
I was just 11 years old when I watched the television as the great newsman Walter Cronkite commentated the events on CBS News as the Eagle Landed on Tranquility Base, Cronkite commentated as Neil Armstrong came out of the Lunar Lander “The Eagle” walked down the ladder and set his foot on the surface of the Moon. It was quite exciting for a boy of just 11 years to watch. I was witnessing one of mankind’s most historical event ever, live, watching this monumental event play out on TV for people to watch live as it was happening all over the world. And here I am today, a man of 61, and remembering back to that day.
We were over my mother’s good friend Josie Romeo’s house in North Arlington, New Jersey. We were there for a Summer weekend visit, and the Apollo 11 space capsule was already orbiting the Moon. The Romeo’s had just put in a nice Cabana Pool, and we were hanging out there most of the day. I remember eating Watermelon on the deck of the pool, which for me always seemed like a special treat every time we had some, and this time was no different. I loved my watermelon.
I specifically can still remember two of my favorite songs that were popular in the Summer of 69. One was actually just that. The song was “One” by Three Dog Night, “One is The Loneliest Number,” I guess speaking of being alone. The other big song was “These Eyes” by the Guess Who. Other hit songs in the Summer of 1969 were: Grazing in The Grass by The Friends of Distinction, People Got to Be Free by The Rascals, and a very weird song to me, In The Year 2525. Also popular that year, were GET BACK by The Beatles, and Honky Tonk Woman by The Rolling Stones.
The year 1969 was quite a year for New Yorker’s. The New York Jets had already won the Superbowl in January, led by brash quarterback Joe Namath. New York’s National League baseball team The Mets would go on to Win The World Series of Baseball in 1969 and the New York Knicks basketball team would win the NBA Championship in 1970 for the 1969 / 1970 basketball season. Yes it was quite a year for New York.
MAN on THE MOON
The MOON LANDING at 50
Neil Armstrong ‘s Own Words
GOT ANY KAHLUA ?
aka The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
The GUESS WHO
The SUMMER of 1969
MAN LANDED on THE MOON
MY FAVORITE THINGS in 1969
MUSIC : The BEATLES, The ROLLING STONES, All MOTOWN R&B Artists, Philly Sound
RIDING Around in the Car or my Fathers FORD PICK-UP TRUCK (or Dodge)
CARS, watching Car Races, and Reading HOT ROD MAGAZINE
LAKE GEORGE, “our Family Vacation Spot”
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FISHING – At Lake George
Aurora Race Cars
GOOD HUMOR ICE CREAM
WILD WORLD of SPORTS – ABC Network Television
PALASADES AMUSEMENT PARK
“SWINGS ALL DAY and AFTER DARK”
AURORA MUSTANG RACE CAR SET
BAT & BALL
We spent 100s of Happy Hours playing WIFFLE BALL, me and all my friends at the Cornelia Street Playground in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Playing WIffle Ball, as well as playing Touch Football, and Basketball, also on Cornelia Street was one of our favorite pastimes. We playes STCK BALL once in a while, but we highly favored WIFFLE BALL over Stickball. One problem, as kids that didn’t have a lot of money, was when the Spalding or Wiffle Ball would break in-half, and we’d all have to chip on our nickels and dimes and any money we could get our hands on, and go to the Candy Store to buy a new ball in order to keep playing the game.
When buying the Wiffle Ball, if we had any money left we’d get and Ice Cream Bar, or candy. Candy Bars were just a Nickel back then, and an Ice Cream Sandwich or Ice Cream Bar was 10 Cents. But, we usually reserved getting the ice cream from Fritz the Good Humor Ice Cream Man who always came by the playground and we dive into the cool looking Good Humor Ice Cream Truck to get our Ice Cream of Choice. Ah, “The Good Old Days,” simpler happy times growing up in 1960s and 70s America. These were some of the things we’d do. And “Oh My God,” the music was so Wonderful back then. “Not Like The Crap” they make these days (21st Century MUSIC SUCKS).
A GOOD HUMOR ICE CREAM TRUCK
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A GOOD HUMOR ICE CREAM TRUCK
Joe Namath leads the New York Jets to a Superbowl Victory over
Johnny Unitas and The Baltimore Colts at the Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla., January 12th 1969