Monday, July 15, 2019

Moon landing clippings, Part 1

With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing happening Saturday, I thought it would be interesting to dive into and pull out some related clippings to publish here during the week.

Up first: The July 20, 1969, edition of The Palladium-Item and Sun-Telegram of Richmond, Indiana, had a person-on-the-street feature across the top of Page A1. There's not a specific question. The headline just states: "Safe Adventure On The Moon Is Fervent Wish of Watchers on Earth." There are head shots and quotes from seven local residents, five of whom are white men. Here are the other two:

Teresa Herald is likely in her early to mid 70s now. I would love to interview her and ask if she remembers being on the front page of the local newspaper during that momentous weekend, if she received any reactions (or backlash) to her remarks, and what she thinks about the state of the country, the planet and the U.S. space program today.

Meanwhile, we are still awaiting the first woman to walk on the moon. When will that happen, and who will that be?

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