One Small Step

August 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

It seemed like an odd coincidence that I happened to be wearing my treasured Spacemen 3 t-shirt the day Neil Armstrong died. OK, I couldn’t find my Dalek t-shirt and wanted something space-y for today’s  Fan Expo showing, but still…

Obviously it was a big deal. Sure Armstrong botched the line, but it really was a big step (and no, I don’t believe it was all done in a TV studio – Capricorn One anyone?) I have a vague memory of going to my grandmother’s house with the family to watch the moon landing. I don’t know if it was a defining moment for me (I certainly never wanted to be an astronaut), but it marks you. When I talk to people for whom this is history, for me it’s memory.

Though I haven’t hit the half century mark yet, I understand what Trotsky mean when he wrote that old age is the strangest thing that happens to a person.

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