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RJ
07-18-2009, 09:52 PM
I'll bet just everybody who was alive and old enough to remember knows where they watched Neil Armstrong take his giant step for mankind.

I was 10 years old, living in Kansas City. We were at another family's house watching a little 13" black and white tv propped up on an end table. There was no light in the house except for the glow from that little television. It was warm, of course, so all he windows were open and a fan was blowing. I think there may have been lightning......?

I guess to this day it's the coolest thing I ever saw. Men were walking on the moon and I was watching it on television.

And the Chiefs were a good team.

Looking back, I really had no gripes from the ages of about 10-12.

What do you old....er, middle aged....dudes remember about that night?

Mecca
07-18-2009, 09:54 PM
I wasn't alive...

Guru
07-18-2009, 09:57 PM
Either asleep in my lead based paint crib or in one of my parents arms. I was 21 days old at the time.

Scorp
07-18-2009, 09:58 PM
Nothing relevant happened until July 31, 1970.

Bugeater
07-18-2009, 09:59 PM
I was one year and fifty some-odd days old. There's a good chance I was pooping myself at the time.

Guru
07-18-2009, 09:59 PM
I was one year and fifty some-odd days old. There's a good chance I was pooping myself at the time.Ahhh, so nothing has changed then.:evil:

BCD
07-18-2009, 10:01 PM
I came along 15 months later...

RJ
07-18-2009, 10:03 PM
I should have known. All the guys my age are either in bed or watching Lawrence Welk.

I'll bump this around 6 in the morning.

cdcox
07-18-2009, 10:05 PM
I was 8 years old, living in Endicott, NY. We were at our family's house watching a little 13" black and white tv.

Bowser
07-18-2009, 10:06 PM
That was pretty close to when I was conceived, actually. Now I am disturbed.

Hydrae
07-18-2009, 10:10 PM
I was 8 years old, living in Endicott, NY. We were at our family's house watching a little 13" black and white tv.

Change the location to Hanover Park, IL.

My mom got a set of pictures of the astronauts and the moon from the local A&P a few months later. They held a prized place on my wall for quite a while.

cdcox
07-18-2009, 10:14 PM
Change the location to Hanover Park, IL.

I bet most people watched that event on 13" BW TV.

chefsos
07-18-2009, 10:23 PM
I bet most people watched that event on 13" BW TV.

Not me. I walked my 10 year old self on down to Area 51 and saw it all live.

Couldn't get a decent piece of toast, though.

Pioli Zombie
07-18-2009, 10:24 PM
I was 7. We were all so into it. We had been watching it all day. Then I went up to sleep for a while then my Dad woke me up to go see it.
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Shaid
07-18-2009, 10:26 PM
I was an egg in my mother's ovary waiting for her to marry my father and have 3 other kids before me. Damn it was dark in there....

RJ
07-18-2009, 10:28 PM
I bet most people watched that event on 13" BW TV.


That's good, I was afraid we were poor.

Psyko Tek
07-18-2009, 10:35 PM
i was 4
but I do rember later landings
and that's what made my get into technology

and sci fi


we had the ability and screwed it away will take decades to duplicate

really hopwe go back

most computers came from the space program

ans spandex

JOhn
07-18-2009, 10:39 PM
Was nearly 3 y/o at the time. But do remember some of the other landings. My parents were at the Apollo 14 launch, as guest of the Missouri Governor. Got pics of them watching the launch, and taking off in the first chartered 747 out of KCI I believe.

KC Dan
07-18-2009, 10:57 PM
I was 7. We were all so into it. We had been watching it all day. Then I went up to sleep for a while then my Dad woke me up to go see it.
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Frazod
07-18-2009, 11:17 PM
I was four. I have no memory of it.

"Bob" Dobbs
07-18-2009, 11:21 PM
I was 8 yrs old, sitting in my parents living room in South Jersey, comepletely enthralled. Coolest thing EVAH!

Al Czervik
07-18-2009, 11:50 PM
8 years old and watched it with the family in Kansas City....

chiefsfan987
07-18-2009, 11:55 PM
Did they broadcast the moon landing a day after it happened? Either my calendar is wrong and it didn't happen on the 20th, or thats some serious delay in the live feed.

Lonewolf Ed
07-19-2009, 12:04 AM
I was not yet 2 years old, had to wait until October for that. So, I was likely in a stroller, asleep, or getting my diaper changed, or seething in scarlet rage over the bottle which was a poor substitute at best for the breast.

"Bob" Dobbs
07-19-2009, 12:10 AM
Did they broadcast the moon landing a day after it happened? Either my calendar is wrong and it didn't happen on the 20th, or thats some serious delay in the live feed.I noticed that, too, but figured it was just a typo & moved on.

2bikemike
07-19-2009, 01:03 AM
It did happen on the 20th. That happens to be my wifes birthday. She tells me she was having a birthday party and all the kids gathered around the TV to watch. She thinks its pretty cool to have her birthday on such a significant day.

As for me I don't really know exactly what I was doing. My father was in the Air Force and we were Living at Edwards AFB in Calif. at the time.

Reaper16
07-19-2009, 01:05 AM
That was like 17 years before I was born.

wazu
07-19-2009, 01:24 AM
I wasn't born yet. However, I did get to meet Buzz Aldrin two years ago. I asked him what the greatest moment in the whole journey was. His answer: "touching down". The landing the ship without crashing it was all of the suspense for him and Neil Armstrong, so that walking on the moon was almost a victory lap in comparison.

chasedude
07-19-2009, 01:30 AM
I wasn't even a glimmer in my daddy's eye at that time.

Guru
07-19-2009, 03:29 AM
I wonder where Skip was during all this.

Dick Bull
07-19-2009, 04:11 AM
I wonder where Skip was during all this.skip was already on the moon laughing at the pussies who needed suits.


Nothing can kill skip.

Dick Bull
07-19-2009, 04:12 AM
That was like 17 years before I was born.


5 years for me

Hog Rider
07-19-2009, 04:24 AM
I was 14 at the time, watching TV.

Guru
07-19-2009, 04:30 AM
skip was already on the moon laughing at the pussies who needed suits.


Nothing can kill skip.Screaming "Get off my lawn!!!" no doubt.

Skip Towne
07-19-2009, 06:15 AM
I wonder where Skip was during all this.

I was 24 and had just returned from Korea. I took pictures of the TV screen with my Minolta camera.

keg in kc
07-19-2009, 06:20 AM
5 years for meYep.

Scorp
07-19-2009, 06:23 AM
I was 24 and had just returned from Korea. I took pictures of the TV screen with my Minolta camera.

I bet you were thinking......this technology sucks ass. I want to fast forward to the internet and the digital age. :D

RJ
07-19-2009, 09:18 AM
Did they broadcast the moon landing a day after it happened? Either my calendar is wrong and it didn't happen on the 20th, or thats some serious delay in the live feed.



Oops.

Was KC on the other side of the International Date Line back then?

Farzin
07-19-2009, 10:13 AM
I was in my mom's tummy.

ClevelandBronco
07-19-2009, 10:50 AM
I was 9 and we all watched it on the family TV. It was probably the 17-inch B&W with the tubes that my dad took to the hardware store. We'd plug them into the tester and then we'd know whether we'd have to buy a new tube.

Different time.

mlyonsd
07-19-2009, 11:09 AM
I was 9 and sitting in front of a black and white tv watching with the rest of the family.

Did they land AND do the first moon walk the same day? I remember the tranquility base here transmission but do remember watching with great anticipation as Armstrong came down the ladder.

Most definitely one of the coolest things I have ever watched. Been hooked on space science since.

rockymtnchief
07-19-2009, 11:10 AM
I was 2 1/2. So I was probably carrying a baseball in one hand, eating some government cheese with the other, and pissing my pants.

stumppy
07-19-2009, 11:58 AM
I was in summer school. My 2cnd grade teacher had a few problems with my attitude and decided I should actually learn something at school even if it ruined my plans for the summer. So the ole bitty flunked me out and made me go to summer school.

They called all the kids to the cafateria and rolled in the B&W TV. I can remember bits and pieces of it. I do remember thinking it was pretty cool and a sweet way of getting out of class.

"Bob" Dobbs
07-19-2009, 12:07 PM
I was 9 and sitting in front of a black and white tv watching with the rest of the family.

Did they land AND do the first moon walk the same day? I remember the tranquility base here transmission but do remember watching with great anticipation as Armstrong came down the ladder.

Most definitely one of the coolest things I have ever watched. Been hooked on space science since.Without actually looking it up, I think the Eagle landed at like 4-5pm eastern, then the EVA was at like 9p.

Guru
07-19-2009, 12:35 PM
wechoosethemoon.com shows that at 25 hours and 42 minutes until landing on the moon so that would put it about 3:17ish CDT tomorrow afternoon.

RJ
07-19-2009, 12:36 PM
Without actually looking it up, I think the Eagle landed at like 4-5pm eastern, then the EVA was at like 9p.


I know that when I was watching it was night in KC.

listopencil
07-19-2009, 02:08 PM
I turned two on July 11th, 1969. I'm told I was already reading the newspaper at the time. We didn't have a television so I probably read about it the next day.

listopencil
07-19-2009, 02:10 PM
I wonder where Skip was during all this.

Skip was wondering if he could somehow sell the video by transmitting into people's homes.

seclark
07-19-2009, 02:19 PM
i was 8 1/2 years old. our family was invited over to some friends house to watch w/them. i sat at their basement bar and watched on a small black and white.

later that afternoon, i snuck a swig out of a stray beer bottle and caught a wet cig butt.
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whoman69
07-19-2009, 03:40 PM
I was six years old and we had one of the first color televisions. Of course it was shown in black and white. The landing seemed to take a long time. I found out later they nearly ran out of fuel looking for a good spot.

WilliamTheIrish
07-19-2009, 03:44 PM
Watched in the neighbors basement in Topeka, Ks. Big crowd. The entire block was there that day. Even as a kid, I knew I was witnessing an incredible moment.

WilliamTheIrish
07-19-2009, 03:46 PM
wechoosethemoon.com shows that at 25 hours and 42 minutes until landing on the moon so that would put it about 3:17ish CDT tomorrow afternoon.

Sounds about right.

Fat Elvis
07-19-2009, 05:33 PM
I was 9 and we all watched it on the family TV. It was probably the 17-inch B&W with the tubes that my dad took to the hardware store. We'd plug them into the tester and then we'd know whether we'd have to buy a new tube.

Different time.

I remember those tube TVs.

I would of been three; the TV would be on the west wall of the living room. I can't remember if I was in the hospital at that time or not....

Pablo
07-19-2009, 06:34 PM
I was like almost exactly -17 years old on that day. Well, -16 years and 362 days.

I was probably just chillin in my dad's ballsack or somethin.

RJ
07-19-2009, 07:10 PM
i was 8 1/2 years old. our family was invited over to some friends house to watch w/them. i sat at their basement bar and watched on a small black and white.

later that afternoon, i snuck a swig out of a stray beer bottle and caught a wet cig butt.
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Wow, I don't know which memory would be more powerful.

Rain Man
07-19-2009, 09:05 PM
I was 6 years old, and don't remember the landing. However, I have a vivid memory of seeing some guys in a parking lot with a telescope, and having my mom tell me they were trying to see Apollo.