RSS NOTIFICATIONS

  • The Library will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. Michael Crichton Film Series – Andromeda Strain

    September 9, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. How Do I Become an Engineer?

    September 14, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  3. How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

    September 16, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Science Matters Brown Bag Forum: Renew the Blue

    September 18, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  5. The Evolution of the Human Form

    September 18, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Apollo 11 Memory

I remember Apollo 11 in the context of a summer filled with cultural and personal upheaval. The moon landing occurred about six weeks after I graduated from high school, one month after Judy Garland’s death, approximately one month before Woodstock (no, I wasn’t there), and in Los Angeles, the Tate-LaBianca murders. A month later, I left home for college.

I watched Neil Armstrong descend onto the moon’s surface while working my summer job as a switchboard operator. I saw history being made on a 12-inch, black-and-white television. And it took my breath away.

Lisa Browar, President, Linda Hall Library