In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, one of my husband's co-workers brought tiny moon pies to work with small American flags taped to them. Now I ask you, isn't that just the sweetest thing? (Moon Pies...you may read about them just here. They really are a "southern" thing!)
Now, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing... there was a very good documentary on our local PBS station. It combined real videos and audio tapes of the Apollo 11 mission along with new film of actors portraying the men who went to the moon- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. This was very well done and I really liked it. It was called "8 Days To The Moon and Back". (I missed the first 30 minutes or so, but I find that I often still enjoy a show and don't mind missing the first part. I am an editor!)
Remember the film "Apollo 13"? I really like that film a great deal. You should keep that in mind as you are watching the footage of what went on in Apollo 11. Good book alert: "Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13" by Jim Lovell. After you read it, you will be filled with admiration for Jim Lovell (who is now 91 years old). Also, I might add that Tom Hanks did such a great job in his portrayal of Jim Lovell. If you read that book, you will see what I mean!
As I was watching the documentary on the moon landing, it reminded me of another book that I told you about last year...a book that I sent to my father-in-law and he thinks it is one of the best books he has ever read... "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough. (Just think, men were sent to the moon in 1969 and the first successful airplane was invented in 1903. Pretty incredible, that 20th century, wasn't it?)
When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, he carried with him in tribute to the brothers, a small piece of the muslin from the wing of the first airplane flown by Orville and Wilbur Wright. Now that was a very nice touch, don't you think?
We Came In Peace For All Mankind.
Never will forget watching Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon and saying those words, "One small step for man...One giant leap for mankind". (Yes, I know supposedly he said "A Man" but really, it sounds better the way we know it, so if that somehow was not transmitted properly, perhaps it was for the best. I really am an editor at heart!)