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  1. #1 Forty years ago today... 
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    I was 10, going on 11 (put away the calculators, that means I'm 50, going on 51) and we were on a cross-country car trip. We had stopped at Soap lake, WA and while we were walking across the beach back to the car, a guy laying on a blanket listening to the radio suddenly jumped up and started yelling "They did it! They did it! They landed on the Moon!

    We were on our way to some friends of my parents who lived not too far away and my dad drove as fast as he could, but by the time we got there the EVA was over and I had missed it.

    I was so disappointed that my mom felt sorry enough to let me stay home from school to watch the Apollo 12 landing. Wouldn't you know it, just moments after it was unpacked, the TV camera they were using was accidentally pointed at the Sun and burned out.

    So what were you doing?


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    Wondering what it would be like, in 23 years and 2 days, when I was born.


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    i was in bed, but my dad kindly woke me up so i could look at the fuzzy black-and-white screen and wonder what actually was going on
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    I was about -9.5 years old back then.
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    and counting ?
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    I was already old, so now I'm ancient. We lived in a small flat in Tring, and I remember looking out the window at the moon and saying to my wife "There are people up there. I can't believe it. When Al Gore invents the internet about 25 years from now, I'm going to start a conspiracy theory about this hoax!"

    However, my wife, she's American, was in Tesco's the next day and a little old lady we knew in the village came up to her and told her "You must be very proud". This convinced me it was true and I became a believer.
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    now there's an anachronism : Tesco in the US in 1969 ?
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    40 years ago... I wasn't even a thought
    Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools, because they have to say something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    now there's an anachronism : Tesco in the US in 1969 ?
    Tring, Hertfordshire, UK. I get around a lot.
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    Forty years ago, I believed in an array of mythical people, and events. Thankfully, I have evolved from out of such blind acceptance, sitting as it did in the rightful place of; a determined trust in reality.
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    40 years ago i was still a cell in my mother's ovaries and another half of my chromosomes were yet to be found until 14 years later.
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    I can't remember if I was drunk or not when Apollo 11 landed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Colyer
    I can't remember [...]
    You were drunk. :P
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    "In dishonorable things we are not bound to obey any man." - The Book of the Courtier [1561], pg 99 (144 in pdf)
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