Ancient Buckeyes Only- Where Were You When Apollo 11 Lifted Off?

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RoyWalley's picture

This is a scene at Walt Disney World (Spaceship Earth)

Like most families in 1969 this is what we did when we watched on July 20, 1969.  I was 7 yrs old and watched with my parents and my 2 older brothers who were 15 (twins) in Elyria, OH

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

That replicates pretty much where I was for eight days as well, Roy. Sprawled on the cool floor in front of the TV on a sweltering Ohio summer evening.

Thanks for sharing.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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allinosu's picture

Dude I was 14 living in Reynoldsburg. We had sulky horses back then and when it landed I was in a back of a horse trailer with my girl fiend our way back from the Croton fairgrounds.

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SilverHaven's picture

So Roy, GTH and Allin, I guess we'll see who else are members of the OSU ancien regime.
(For the record, I am 39-- plus shipping and handling.)

Just a kid in Columbus, Ohio, I was anxious having to go with my family to evening services at church on a Sunday night, knowing that I would probably miss the live (3-second delay from the moon) sensational TV coverage.  But to my relief, after getting home, they announced that there were delays and I had not missed anything.  So I went to a friend's house who had a "large" 29-inch console TV and suffered the interminable wait, filled with talking heads, until after 10:30 when we finally got to witness the unbelievable fact that men in bulky space suits were walking and bounding around on the moon!

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Seattle Linga's picture

I’m here to hear what NPF has to say - no doubt he’s got a great story. Cool topic GTH.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

NPF always has a great story to tell. Mornin' SL!

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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NewPhilaFan's picture

I added my story GTH.

69 in 18

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NewPhilaFan's picture

Sorry, I missed this the first go round.  

I was almost 20 years old and had finished my first year of engineering school at CIT of CWRU.  That summer I worked for the state of Ohio building I-77 near Newcomerstown.  That town had a couple of famous residents named Young and Hayes that some of you may have heard of.  And a guy named Glenn learned to fly in our town.

I believe that the state declared the moon landing day to be a holiday and we got the day off work, paid no less.  I watched the landing with my family in Uhrichsville where they lived at that time.  And we actually had a color television that we bought a few years earlier when only Disney and Bonanza were in color.

I don't remember what I was doing when Apollo 11 launched.  If it was a weekend, I watched it I am sure.  If it was a weekday, I was at work.

69 in 18

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Yup, laying on the floor watching, probably on a black and white TV. An iconic and nice year for music and this was #1. 

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

LOL! You're like one of the blind guys describing an elephant by its tail alone, GB. But a good zinger just the same.

Good Morning.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Don’t build me up, buttercup, with your crystal blue persuasion, you’re going to make me dizzy. We’re just everyday people, looking for honky tonk woman, for some hot fun in the summertime. Maybe take a walk down abbey road. 

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NewPhilaFan's picture

By the time I got to Woodstock, ...

69 in 18

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SilverHaven's picture

Mahalo guys, it's eerie, how the music brings back the memories.

It is fitting that the #1 Hit for 1969 was "Age of Aquarius" by the 5th Dimension with Marilyn McCoo and her husband Billy Davis. So let the sunshine in.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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analyticalguy's picture

I was 14 as well, and a few days earlier had returned from Philmont Scout Ranch (before doing pretty much nothing else for the rest of the summer). I don't recall watching the liftoff (perhaps I was still in a bus heading back east to Ohio?). I was hanging out in my yard with friends in St Marys (right down the road from Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta), When my mom called out the back door to say they had landed and for me (us?) to come in to watch the impending moonwalk, I tried to act cool as if it were no big thing for me. Inside, of course, I was thrilled.

Later that summer I marched with my high school band on a miserably hot day in a parade celebrating Armstrong's triumphant return to Wapak. My history teacher the following school year told the class that Armstrong, in fact, had not been born in Wapakoneta, but rather in his grandparent's farmhouse outside St. Marys, and then baptized in a church in town. And she was a history teacher, so she had to know, right?

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

I don't have a specific memory of the liftoff (though I'm sure I watched it because I always watched them), but I definitely remember the first walk on the moon. It was the first time I was allowed to stay up that late.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I was not born until 1972 but I remember stories from my parents and grandparents. They said everyone was glued to their TVs. The entire planet watched the landings.

I have a British engineer friend who watched it on the BBC as a child. He said that the BBC studio broadcast had a house band playing ambient cosmic-style music in the background as they commented on the landings. It was Pink Floyd. How effing cool would that have been to see?

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I have a British engineer friend who watched it on the BBC as a child. He said that the BBC studio broadcast had a house band playing ambient cosmic-style music in the background as they commented on the landings. It was Pink Floyd. How effing cool would that have been to see?

That would've been bitchin', Bleed. Guessing this is what was playing:

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

GTH, I did some looking and I believe it was this song, Moonhead. There's a Rolling Stone article from 2009 where David Gilmour talks about the BBC moon landings session. They've never released this song officially. Maybe they should.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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RBuck's picture

I was in my future mother-in-law's basement watching TV and making out with my soon to be bride.

That was in Whitehall too GTH.

Sooner or later it all gets real.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Hopefully that wasn't a shotgun wedding, RB. ;-)

You were definitely ahead of me in the romance game in '69.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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BuckeyeSki's picture

My father was a child at the time that this happened, so I have no recollection of this event. However, 1969 was a NICE year from what I hear 

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

I don't remember where I was or what I was doing when Apollo 11 took off, but I vividly recall where I was when Neil hopped off the Eagle. My Uncle John had, the day before, dropped right in his tracks of a massive widow making MI and we were in Lancaster, Ohio with my Aunt Ginny and my cousins. It was at the tender age of 12 that I experienced "bittersweet" for the first time. Uncle John was 36 years old at the time, 6'4" tall, 225 lbs. and the picture of hale and hearty health.

Bobbing for french fries.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Condolences on the untimely passing of your Uncle John, Buckaroo.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Thanks GTH.

Before Grateful beats me to it, insert Uncle John's Band reference here.

Bobbing for french fries.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

It crossed my mind, Banzai. Had it only been ‘69. Condolences. 

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bobsegersilverbulletband's picture

I was at work when it lifted off and probably when it landed. But there was like a 6 hour lag until they actually landed so I was speeding to my girlfriend's house to get there before they actually walked on the moon. About halfway there I was pulled over for going 70+ in a 60 mph zone. Tried the "I just wanted to make sure I got there before they walked on the moon" pitch  but his response was they're still 3 hours away from that. So the day has been memorialized in my mind as the day I got my first speeding ticket, delegating the moon walk to 2nd place. .  

Bobcat66

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Great anecdote, Bob. Thanks for the memory.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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Shark 4's picture

For both the Apollo 11 launch and the Moon landing I was in Vietnam.

I have no memory of the launch. I was still flying missions. 

I remember very well the Moon landing. I was listening to it on the radio (no TV available). I remember thinking that I was taking part in two historic moments: 1) Listening to the first Moon landing; 2) Serving in Vietnam. 

When they landed on the Moon I was less than two weeks from going home, at the end of my year's tour. I had flown my last mission and spent most of those remaining days in a celebratory alcoholic stupor. I made it home to Newark, OH on 4 Aug 69. 

That trip home was quite a story in and of itself. I may tell it here some day. 

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Shark4
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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Great story Shark and thank you for your service and God Bless you. And better late than never, welcome home. We are so glad you made it.

Bobbing for french fries.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

That trip home was quite a story in and of itself. I may tell it here some day.

Do tell us, and soon, Shark 4.

And from a fellow vet (Vietnam Era- 1973-6; served only in the ROK for a year), thanks for your sacrifice and service.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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Buck298's picture

In the summers we would gather in the basement to watch TV as a family since it was cooler than upstairs (we didn’t get AC until 1971, and then it was just my parents bedroom). So, like others, I was sprawled on the floor with my brother (me 12, him 8). The video was really grainy and the sound choppy, but I was just old enough to grasp the meaning. 

My mom was tearing up and my dad was totally silent. After Armstrong stepped down and was completely on Luna Firma, I remember turning to my parents asking them if this was going to be the biggest event during my life. My dad breaks his silence and says, well, it certainly is for mine. 

Somehow, in his mind, it eclipsed the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, VE Day, VJ Day, John Glenn’s orbit and the assassination of JFK. All I remember is thinking “wow, this is really cool”. 

Send the Earth Reverberating

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Leonhard's picture

Like the story. But I'd like to throw out one event I think your father may have briefly forgotten.......Woody's 1968 National Championship season?  That season was priceless!  s/  Maybe, if they had only gone back to back..........

Leonhard

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Wargor's picture

Fast forward 1-2,000 years.  If people are still talking about history at that time the moon landing is probably the #1 thing you can count on them knowing about.  Sure, there are wars we know about and wars we've forgotten about; leaders who we remember and many more we don't; but the first time we set foot off of earth?  That'll matter even 10,000 years from now in a way that the British bombing Pearl Harbor to start the French and Indian war in an effort to kill Ronald Reagan won't.

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Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

As we did every summer, my family did their two week vacation in the Adirondacks.  There was barely any tv reception up there, so we never even brought one and the camp (they're called camps but they're actually large mountain homes) didn't have a tv.  Hell, we barely had running water as it was pumped from the lake.  But that year we did bring a small tv to watch the landing on the moon.  Could barely see it through the snow on the screen.

jebes Michigana

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jpfbucks01's picture

I was 6, just about to turn 7. We were on vacation in Daytona Beach Shores and from our hotel you could barely see the rocket on the pad during lift off. So in a way I saw it in person even if from a fairly long distance.

The launch site was about 50 miles away, but it was a clear day and a straight view down the beach and our hotel room was up several floors with no obstructions in the way. It stood 36 foot high and even from that distance you could barely see it on the horizon. Once it took off the fire coming from the engines was easily visible.

4 days later when they landed we were back home in Columbus and watched it on TV

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Sanitarian2's picture

Don't remember the lift off but the entire family was in the living room, listening to the landing on the radio.

Sani

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NorthPoleBuckeye's picture

I was 10 and although I don't specifically recall watching the liftoff, although I am sure I did, I do recall my Dad waking up my brothers and I to watch the moon landing. 

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southbay's picture

I was glued to the set in the living room, old enough to understand everything that was going on and young enough to not have anything else to occupy me if I didn't want it to. I spent a ton of time watching TV coverage of Apollo missions while I was growing up, and I read every book I could find at the library. Some were better than others, but there were plenty of them.

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buck62's picture

I was plugged into the space program since Gemini. It was science fiction coming true and it was awesome. I had a friend who worked on Apollo 11 and another who dealt with the aftermath of Apollo 1 in 1967. Watching the space program progress was like watching a great movie unfold. It was truly amazing. I still get chills watching the footage. Hopefully we will get to relive it as we return to the moon with NASA's new Artemis program and then on to Mars. 

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Woodylives®'s picture

I was 6 years old, sitting in my back yard, in Palm Bay, Florida, where it flew right past our house!!!  It was amazing to watch, and I still remember our grade school class trips to Cape Kennedy, to watch other launches, and feeling the ground vibrate when those awesome rockets took off!!!  It was very special to watch what NASA was doing back in it's heyday!!!

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0H-10's picture

Deshler, Ohio. Elm Street. Family Living Room. We all sat in front of the television and ate breakfast...and lunch...and dinner...for days watching that broadcast. I don't recall if we had one ball game or swim that day or the days that followed with those guys out there in space but it seems I was glued to the screen until splashdown. There were guys in space from the USA planning to land on...and walk on the MOON and then come back home! It was awesome! (The fact that John Glenn was from Ohio, the teachers had us very interested in space travel- I almost feel like I remember Friendship 7, though I was only 2); but Neil Armstrong was the $#IT when he walked on the moon! Collins & Aldrin were cool, but Armstrong...

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Sanantonefan's picture

Vandalia Ohio in the family room watching it on TV with the rest of the gang. I was 9.

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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ApollosGYRO's picture

sooo this isn't about apollos gyros?

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NewPhilaFan's picture

One tidbit that I had forgotten in my earlier post.  When the quarantine of the moon rocks were mentioned, it reminded me that my university was one of the few schools to receive some for study.  That was big news on the CWRU campus as I began my second year shortly after the landing.

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Toledobucknut's picture

I was getting ready to be born.......July 24th 1969 I was born when they returned to earth

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NewPhilaFan's picture

So Armstrong and company brought you to earth with them. /s

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Sunny Buck's picture

I was 12, glued to the TV and wishing I had a moon rock. Everyone was glued to the television.

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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JarheadBuck's picture

Lift-off I can't recall, but watched in-flight and remember watching the landing like everyone else in the world.

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buckeyefan67's picture

Just recently graduated from high school and five days from my 18th birthday , I was at home with my five siblings watching with Mom and Dad in family room .  I would bet we had popcorn and coke but I can't say for sure.  But I remember being told " kids, you are watching history that you will tell your children about".

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buckeyearchie76's picture

I was serving in the Army in Frankfurt, Germany.  My wife and I were on leave just outside of Munich.  We had Armed Forces Network radio on in the car.  We both felt happiness and joy that we could at least listen to the broadcast of the event.  GO BUCKS and GO USA!

Louis Haynes

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SilverHaven's picture

You guys got me going. So what were the hits for the summer of '69?
Here's the Top of the Billboard:
1. Age of aquarius with the 5th D highlighted above
2. Sugar, sugar bubblegum from the Archies grateful to GratefulBuck highlighted above
3. Honky tonk woman by The Stones highlighted by Grateful above
4. and 8. The Beatles with Come together, and Get back, Loretta, get back to where you once belonged, with those high-heel shoes and those low--cut sweaters
5. and 20. Tommy James and the Shondells sing Crimson and clover, over and over, and Crystal blue persuasion highlighted above
9. Some day we'll be together is promised by Diana Ross
10. Dizzy, I'm so dizzy, my head is spinning says Tommy Roe highlihgted above by Grateful
11. Nah, nah, hey, hey, goodbye is Steamed over someone kissing goodbye
12. Leaving on a jet plane, already I'm so lonesome I could cry, so kiss me and smile for me, tell me that you'll wait for me sings Mary with Peter and Paul, as we go off to college
13. In the year 2525 if man is still alive or is it Exordium and terminus?
14. Marilyn McCoo of the 5th D has got the Wedding bell blues, won't you marry me, Bill?
16. The Cowsill have Hair, give me it down to there, shoulder length or longer
17. Glen Campbell knows the Wichita Lineman is still on the line as he needs you more than wants you, and wants you for all time
21. Why don't you Build me up, Buttercup, instead of tear me down laments Foundations as highlighted by Grateful above
23. and 25. CCR revives Proud Mary keep on burnin', and Down on the corner, out in the street

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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SilverHaven's picture

Well, Grateful, in deed I intentionally left off a couple songs, but...

It's interesting that your on-line list of the Top 100 Billboard Hits for 1969
is a little bit different than my list of the Top 100 Billboard Hits for 1969 from the 497-page book, Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits.

Resolution?  Note that the internet list specifies "Singles," which is probably the difference from the book.

Mahalo for getting me back to memory lane.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Gratefulbuck's picture

I’m going with your Hottest Hot list. Thanks for the laughs. 

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buckeyefan67's picture

Ah, the  memories SH.   Those songs particularly resonate with me because I graduated  in '69.  Started my  OSU voyage on Sept 1st that year , endured the riots of  spring quarter  '70 , the storming of the ROTC building , a failed engagement, military service and eventual graduation years later.  Those songs  and others by CCR , the Guess Who ,Three Dog Night and the Eagles  helped me through the 60s and 70s.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

CCR did not revive Proud Mary in 1969.  That is the year it was originally released by them as it was written by John Fogerty.

If anyone revived the song, it was the Ike and Tina Turner when they recorded it in 1970.  Most people probably associate it more with Tina Turner than CCR.

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Ohiostate1957's picture

I was 12 years old living in Ann Arbor of all places (another story there). Watched all this on a black and white TV (color TV was a luxury back then) in the living room with the lights off because we had a bad tube.

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

We had just moved across town and did not have a TV antenna set up yet.  My dad jerry rigged an antenna using bed springs attached to the tv.  I was very excited at the prospect of starting "middle school" / 7th grade and preferred to roam the neighborhood looking for new friends.  Dad made sure we all were in the house to watch the landing.  As usual, he was right.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

In honor of Neil, Buzz, and Michael:

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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AzBuckeye45's picture

Man, all of you guys are old! 

"Cause I couldn't go for three!"
Woody Hayes-1968

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High St Heismans's picture

I was 9 yrs old at home with the folks.Think I caught the rebroadcast as it was on late as I recall

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Guts's picture

I had to google when Apollo 11 happened.

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