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


  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

Some thoughts…

I guess I’m one of those people who have great memories of the moon landing, and NASA’s achievements of the time, but no real specifics about where I was or what I was doing that day, or even around that timeframe.

At that time, I was immersed in a career with IBM, which began August 1961 in Chicago after graduating from KU engineering school. Between that and service in the Illinois National Guard, I was kept pretty busy. I was aware of current events but my duties consumed most of my attention.

Even so, those corporate and military connections did keep me well informed about the space program. IBM was very much a part of early space technology, and astronauts were being recruited from the armed forces. Strangely the actual moon landing, though a milestone event, seemed to me a natural step in a whole series of events of the time. I was delighted, but it didn’t feel life-changing – probably an occasion for a round of drinks after work.

Had I been older, or perhaps younger, I believe that day would have felt terribly exciting. I think I missed the sensation of how truly significant it was. Now, in perspective, I can appreciate it much more!

Gordon Kauffman