Apollo 11 Memory
I was 17 years old on a family trip to Europe. We were visiting the town of Lüneburg, Germany, where my grandmother was born. We were staying in a small hotel and having dinner at the hotel restaurant. There was a bar with a TV next to the restaurant. When the news coverage of the landing started, I went into the bar to watch. Of course, Lüneburg is not a tourist destination, so everyone in the bar was German. When Neil Armstrong stepped out of the lunar module and stepped on the surface of the Moon, everyone in the bar stood up and started applauding. It was very emotional for a 17-year-old American to be surrounded by Germans giving a standing ovation to the American astronaut taking man’s first step on the Moon.
Nick Powell, Linda Hall Library Board of Trustees member