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Man on the moon a blur
July 20, 2009 - Jim Smith
Forty years ago today was a memorable date in history ... the first time man stepped foot on another terrestrial globe.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin put their foot prints on Earth's moon on July 20, 1969, which according to the poll question on today's News and Sentinel Web site, more than 50 percent of the respondents remember where they were and what they were doing. More than 20 percent of those responding indicated they weren't alive when Armstrong touched the moon's surface, fulfilling President John F. Kennedy's pledge to reach the moon in the 1960s.
There are some dates those of my generation seem to always remember where they were and what they were doing: The assassination of JFK, the first man on the moon, the Ohio National Guard shootings at Kent State University, the end of the Vietnam war, the attempt on the life of President Ronald Reagan and, of course, the 9/11 attacks.
But for the life of me I can't remember where I was or what I was doing when I saw the landing on the moon. I would have been a junior in college and I remember seeing it, but I can't remember where.
I believe I was at work in the Ohio state treasurer's office, but who I was with and the circumstances of seeing the landing is a blur.
Oddly, I clearly remember the other items on my list of unforgetable events ... I just can't remember the landing.
I hope that doesn't have some deep psychological reason?
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