Apollo 11 TV/Radio Memories
I remember our family was at my in-laws’ house; we were all gathered around the TV – except for Papa Radosta, who was wandering around the house aimlessly. We all kept encouraging him to come in the living room and “watch the first man to land on the moon.” Elderly Papa, who learned English late in life – he was from Sicily – replied “I’muh no thinkuh so!”. I know there were other older people who were very skeptical, too – like my father!
I was 7 at the time of the landing and remember watching it on the TV in my parents’ bedroom. It was about 12:00 a.m. Eastern time, and I used my GI Joe Mercury astronaut to act out Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon’s surface. I had a Mercury capsule that came with a red vinyl 45 RPM with recordings of the Mercury program space transmissions between John Glenn and Mission Control.
Jonathan R. Casey, Director, Archives and Edward Jones Research Center, National WWI Museum and Memorial
I was watching on a black-and-white TV that someone gave me, in my apartment in Brookline, Massachusetts.
[It was] the final year of my Ph.D. studies. [I was] excited about the upcoming birth of our first child. [I was] watching the lunar lander on a tiny television with my wife, Caroline.
I was 4 years old and watching TV coverage is one of my earliest memories. Sitting in the darkened living room and seeing the launch, and hearing those crackly voices, was magical. It made science, and aeronautics and space…magical. It led me to a 30-plus-year career in the Air Force, and a lifetime interest in technology. It also taught me, very early in life, that anything is possible. That optimism is hard to find these days.
My wife, Betty, and I were in college in Springfield and celebrated the event at a relative’s home, who had a “big” TV. Nothing like it!
For several days, the country was receiving congratulations from many other countries. The world, for a while, seemed united.
[I was] in the living room of my family home in Parkville, with my brothers and sisters, watching the flickering black-and-white television. [I] had popcorn but forgot to eat it.
I was at a fraternity rush party in Omaha, Nebraska. A TV was turned to the moon landing, but only a few of us were interested. The rest of the crowd was focused on the beer. As the evening went on, I became increasingly annoyed and left the party for home. There, I watched and listened to Armstrong and Aldrin step out onto the moon. (I decided not to pledge that fraternity.)
Inaugural Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, UMKC School of Medicine
On a farm in England, where I grew up. Crept downstairs in the middle of the night to watch the landing on our small gray TV. I was 11 years old. I made a scrapbook of the moon landing.
Dr. Lynda Payne, Inaugural Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, UMKC School of Medicine
I was doing research for my Ph.D. in Colombo Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). My wife, Mary, and I were laying on our bed, listening to it live on the radio.
I was 6 years old and watched the landing coverage on TV with my great-grandmother, who was born before the Wright Brothers made their first flight. I’ve been interested in astronomy, space science, and aviation ever since.
I was 8 years old and clearly remember watching the landing on an 8-inch black-and-white TV screen surrounded by family. An unforgettable moment!
Aracely G. Tung
I saw the moon landing on a black-and-white TV set in Hong Kong. My parents woke me up in the middle of the night. I had no idea how important that event was until later.
I was in a crowded room at Camp Morehead in eastern North Carolina, watching a small black-and-white TV. It was very late before Neil Armstrong stepped out onto the moon.