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Yesterday forty years ago, Apollo 11 lifted off and headed into outer space as the first crew to successfully land men on the face of the moon and return them safely to the earth.  Today, America lost one of the best newsmen and most trusted journalist the world has ever known. 

I remember watching "Uncle Walter" remove his glasses, wring his hands, grin, chuckle and weep, and then he implored Wally Schirra to say something because Cronkite himself had been rendered "speechless" as Neil Armstrong spoke those memorable words to a waiting world, "Houston, Tranquility Base here.  The Eagle has landed."

This coming Monday, I plan to spend much of the day wandering about the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC to drink in this history all over again.  As I do that, I will remember fondly Walter Cronkite, Wally Schiraa, another NASA astronaut who was with Cronkite that historic day, and Jules Bergman, the science editor at CBS during the Apollo space program; Schirra and Bergman both died in 1987.  Those men brought space alive for me, and all acted very much the way I remember feeling:  giddy, excited, proud, and in awe.  I imagine they're all meeting again in a heavenly briefing room to reminisce about man's greatest achievement in this span of time as we know it. 

WOW, indeed!


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Jul. 18th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
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