Was it really 40 years ago that Apollo 11 landed on the Sea of Tranquillity, and man first walked on the moon? I know I am not the only person asking myself that question today.
I was 17 and looking forward to beginning my senior year in high school. I had my own car, and had just purchased my first television set that I kept in my room (which was painted black and decorated with posters that glowed under black light). Life was good.
Most of my friends and I knew this date - July 20, 1969 - was one that we would always remember. After dinner that night, I borrowed my mom's Rolleiflex camera (which is sitting in front of me as I write this) so I could take pictures of the moonwalk off the television. I remember being tuned to CBS watching Walter Cronkite describe the landing of the lunar module earlier that afternoon, and talking about the historic event we were about to witness.
As the moment approached - which was just before 10 p.m. CDT, I turned off the lights in my bedroom and, holding the camera, took the five photographs seen here beginning with "Armstrong On Moon" and ending with President Nixon's very long distance phone call to Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The images are grainy and not very high contrast, but that's the way things were back then. I just feel fortunate to have been at an age where I could appreciate the importance of the moment, and to have these photos as a personal record of that very special day.