Monday, July 20, 2009

40 Years Ago Today

It was 40 years ago today that Apollo 11 landed on the moon. It is a shame that after the Apollo program concluded in 1972 that there were no further moon landings. Perhaps the reasons were budgetary or maybe politics had something to do with it. Hopefully in the years to come there will be a second generation of lunar exploration.

I think back to what I was doing on July 20, 1969. I was a student at the City College of New York taking summer classes in basic economics and sociology. They closed school on Monday July 21 to celebrate. Since classes were in the morning I worked at Alexanders Department Store in Rego Park from 2 PM - 6 PM. I was dating a girl named Elissa who lived in Eastern Queens.

Everyone's Gone to the Moon by Jonathan King was a hit in 1965. Radio stations did play it as an oldie in the summer of 1969.

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