It Was 40 Years Ago Today

If you’re at least 50 years old, you probably remember quite well where you were the day that men first walked on the moon. It was an exciting and yet surreal moment. I was working that summer in San Diego, but it was a Sunday so like so many Americans I was glued to the television. After Neil Armstrong stepped off the lunar lander, I walked outside, looked up at the moon (clearly visible mid-day) and just shook my head in near disbelief. Truly amazing. I called my then-girlfriend, Cessna (now my wife of 38 years) in Kansas to compare notes. She was awed as well.

Why San Diego? I was hired by Jan Popper as a production stage manager at what was then known as San Diego International University. I spent most of my summer there directing opera workshop productions and teaching acting to foreign opera students. That was almost as surreal as men walking on the moon.

One thought on “It Was 40 Years Ago Today

  1. Last nite’s tribute to Walter Cronkite on CBS featured a clip of the Moon Landing – Walter was almost synonomous with the Space Program and I believe he promoted it to get our country inspired again.


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