I had just graduated college and my wife and I were visiting friends for a 'viewing/cook-out'; so, we all watched in awe on a 17" B&W portable TV equipped with rabbit ears.
The next day the front page of The New Castle News was, of course, dominated by the Moon Landing. But, at the very bottom of the front page there were about two column inches that reported this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chappaquiddick_incident
, the unfortunate death of Mary Jo Kopechne.
Indeed, 07/20/1969 - together with 11/22/1963 and 09/11/2001 - are the three specific days in my lifetime where I retain vivid, exact memories of "what I was doing". The two other dates were tragic, but the moon landing was indeed a Triumph!
Think of it - the USA accelerated a 30 story rocket from 0 to 25,000 MPH, landed men on the moon and brought them safely back to Earth - and did it all with less computing power than what is now in most cellphones. WOW!
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2013/07/20 14:24:49