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Where were you on July 20, 1969?

mEGG_My_DaymEGG_My_Day Posts: 1,420
edited July 2019 in Off Topic
I really hadn’t thought about the 50th anniversary of this event prior to @lousubcap post in another thread.  Figured this deserves its own thread. 

This one is for the older folks.  I can’t remember where I was yesterday, but I’ll never forget that day.  It was my 7th birthday.  My family was on vacation in Ocean Isle, NC.  We were huddled around an old black and white TV in a rental house on the beach. Interestingly, I’ll be in NC this week for my 57th birthday. Other side of the state in Highlands.   Where were you on that historic day? 

Memphis, TN 

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  • erniemcclainerniemcclain Posts: 495
    Our fam was on vacation in Ludington, Michigan.  We were eating ice cream at a drive-in listening to the radio. 

    Ernie McClain

    Scottsbluff, Nebraska

    (in the extreme western panhandle of NE)

  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 2,734
    Watching it on my friends black and white tv also. We moved in November and never went back.
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 14,945
    The Eagle has landed.

    I watched it from the rec hall in the boys home. They woke us up to watch this historic event on an old admiral television that used a bow tie, in-door antenna.

    I watched Walter Cronkite do the coverage.

    Then I saw "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind".

    I never heard the word "a" in his quote. But it is there.

    Then we were all hearded back to bed.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • mahenryakmahenryak Posts: 1,323
    edited July 2019
    Watching it at home on our BW TV.  (Nerd Alert: Decent reception given our location and since it was on a VHF channel, not UHF).  I was about 5.5 years old at the time.
    LG BGE, KJ Jr, Smokin Bros. Premier 36 and Pizza Party Bollore

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 32,059
    In the living room, age 5, at our home in Davenport Iowa.  Propped up by pillows in front of the house, the whole family watched. 
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.  Love me or hate me, I am forum Marmite.
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,274
    At 16 years old, I know exactly where I was when I heard about JFK and I know I watched Armstrong's "step", but I have no recollection of the event. In July '69. I was nearly 22 years old but I really don't remember any big deal about this event.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!


    Central Connecticut 

  • womauswomaus Posts: 89
    Was 13yo, at a rented beach house in Barnstable MA. Was more interested in the 14yo female up the street if I remember correctly.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,730

    I was 3, so, probably running around the living room annoying the fvck out of my parents while they tried to focus on the 10 inch black & white tv we still had when I left for college 15 years later

    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 9,428
    I was still a few years from lift off, so I missed out.  I do know that Mr. #2 on the Moon is a 1951 Army Grad. 
    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 3,881
    About 10.5 years from existing 
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  • OhioEggerOhioEgger Posts: 592
    With about 10 of my friends, huddled around a TV. We had been glued to the radio that afternoon, listening to the landing, and were super excited to be able to see Armstrong climb down the ladder and take that first step. Really couldn't believe how lucky we were that NASA had made it possible to see the whole thing live.

    I do believe he flubbed the quote, leaving out the "a" but given the circumstances who could fault him for that?
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • BigreenGregBigreenGreg Posts: 186
    7 years old, at my uncle's & aunt's ranch. watching on tiny B&W as others described.
    I knew how important it was from the focus of the older folks. Also first and last time on a horse.
    LBGE, 36" Blackstone, Anova Pro
    Charleston, SC
  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 5,282
    Living in South Africa no TV, I think SA only got TV around 1974.
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • SamIAm2SamIAm2 Posts: 1,129
    19 years old and 19 days away from completing boot camp at Recruit Naval Training Center, Great Lakes Illinois. Didn't get to see the landing or Armstrong's first step on the moon live, as I was a bit busy then. 
    Ubi panis, ibi patria.
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  • Easy to remember. I was just shy of 12yo, and we didn’t have church service that night. Instead, we met at one of the member’s homes to watch. I loved all the space stuff, and this was even more special with the rare time that church as “let out”. Even with the Apollo moon missions, the Gemini flights were my favorites. Ed White’s space walk. The Agena and then Gemini rendezvous and dockings. I ate up the coverage, especially the use of models, diagrams and crude animations. I thought the capsule was the coolest looking and was too young during Mercury to appreciate it. 
  • frazzdaddyfrazzdaddy Posts: 1,252
    On the farm in Vance county NC. Watching with my grandfather.
    Xl bge ,LG bge, two 4' crusher cone fire pits. Weber Genisis gasser and 
    Two rusty Weber kettles. 

    Two Rivers Farm
    Moncure N.C.
  • I remember watching it with my family in our old house.  I didn’t appreciate what an achievement it was because I was a youngster.
    Flint, Michigan
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 2,407
    They had prime day way back then too?
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,598
    In Japan, sleeping. Didn't see it live cuz time zones and parents didn't wake us up at oh-dark-thirty just to watch it happening in real time.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 9,428
    Does everyone really think it really happened?
    XL 6/06, Mini 6/12, L 10/12, Mini #2 12/14 MiniMax 3/16
    Tampa Bay, FL
    EIB 6 Oct 95
  • rodellrodell Posts: 1
    I was running Master Control at WSIU-TV in Carbondale, IL as we carried the CBS feed.  What an experience.
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 16,076
    Pitiful that 50 years later, we have to Uber to space. 
  • TN_EggerTN_Egger Posts: 912
    5 years old.  Grandma's house in Portland, OR.  Just welcomed dad home from Viet Nam.

    A BGE chiminea, a small and a 17" BS in Las Cruces, NM

  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 4,449
    I can’t tell you exactly where I was during the actual landing but as an 8 year old boy, I was all into the space program. I had the GI Joe Gemini capsule and the Snoopy Astronaut. I made a model and then a clay diorama of the lunar lander. I dreamed of space and those guys were (and still are) my heroes. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven. LSG 24” cabinet offset smoker. There are a few paella pans and a Patagonia cross in the barn. 
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
    ”One can never go wrong with fried dough and grilled meat”
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 25,459
    5 years old in the living room eating my jiffy pop, salem  nh. 
  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 5,226
    I was three months old so I probably slept through it. 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 1,302
    Nearly 15 years from existence. 
    Las Vegas, NV
    LG BGE, off-set smoker & various Weber's 
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 2,553
    Nearly 15 years from existence. 


    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, Minimax, 22" Blackstone, Pizza Party Bollore. Cast Iron Hoarder.

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