Apollo 11 Memory
I watched the moon landing at home on a small black and white television in Kansas City with my mother; I was 11 years old. Even though it was pretty late, my older sisters got to watch it at one of their friends’ houses along with several other friends from their high school. Normally I was only allowed to watch television from the time I got home from school until my mother got home from work. Of the programs showing on the three channels then available, the only one for kids was “Gilligan’s Island.” As we watched Neil Armstrong step off the ladder and onto the surface of the moon that evening, I told my mom that I hoped they wouldn’t get stranded there like Gilligan on the island.
We were enthralled by every step and every move on the moon. (The following weekend she bought me a poster of the phases of the moon for my bedroom wall to commemorate the occasion.) Our elementary school teacher discussed it the next day. For some time after, every time my friends and I could see the moon while we were out on the playground, we would point at it and talk about the landing.
Cindy Rogers, Senior Research Specialist – Special Collections, Linda Hall Library