I was 2 and a half when the first moon landing occurred, and my mum woke me up to watch it. I don't remember doing so, but Neil Armstrong (and Aldrin and Collins) always inspired me. I've often tried to conceptualise the courage they showed, and it is extremely difficult to grasp the half of it.
My parents woke me up so I could see it Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon right when it was happening.
About 3 years ago, I bought a box lot of space memorabilia at an auction, and there was a politcal flyer that was put out to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of Apollo 11, and I found leafing through it (after I bought it), that one page was autographed by Neal Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
I remember Walter Cronkite discussing the thickness of the dust on the moon's surface. I watched the landing on a 12-inch black-and-white TV and heard the immortal words live - though there was some question what the words actually were.
A couple of nights ago I was watching Steven Wright videos on youtube. That led to looking up the Wiki article on him, then to George Carlin and black humor. The black humor wiki led to Blazing Saddles which led to the Alex Karras article. There I found out that it had just been announced that he had kidney failure and had been given only a few days to live.
I found this to be a strange way to have discovered the news.
Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. -- Thomas Jefferson
We see monsters where science shows us windmills. -- Phat
It has always struck me as odd that fundies devote so much time and effort into trying to find a naturalistic explanation for their mythical flood, while looking for magical explanations for things that actually happened. -- Dr. Adequate
Howling about evidence is a conversation stopper, and it never stops to think if the claim could possibly be true -- foreveryoung
Russell Means, the American Indian activist died earlier today of esophageal cancer.
I spent two days with him back in 1989 when he was our keynote speaker at the State Libertarian Convention in New Mexico. As the county chair, I somehow wound up assigned to be his welcoming committee and sort-of chauffeur. To call him interesting or intelligent would be an understatement.
Of all Hollywood actors, of which he later became, glad I met him instead of any other, for what I think should be obvious reasons.
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Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. - Francis Bacon
In the early 70s I drove a daily circuit from Indianapolis to county court houses throughout Indiana, doing real estate abstracting and tax roll checks for mortgage companies.
Nearly every county court house/capitol was that county's most imposing structure--columns, rotunda, colorful ceramic murals mounted on the brilliant Indiana limestone--and every court house had the glossy red, round-topped Coke machine that served 6.5 oz Cokes for a nickel.
You'd pull out a Coke and the entire vertical stack of bottles would move to fill the space. Those little bottles were sturdy--they usually didn't break even when you dropped them. I'd hit a half dozen counties in any given day, and that nickel Coke machine was always a welcome sight.
So long ago...it seems that everything good from that time is gone, and all the bad has flourished: the laid-back bigotry, rather than fading, has been replaced with the passionately intense conviction that the bigotry is not only justified, but patriotic. I miss my naive belief that bigotry and hatred were on the run.
I wish I had some of those Cokes.
"If you can keep your head while those around you are losing theirs, you can collect a lot of heads."
I grew up in a fairly large family and a favorite tradition when we were allowed to each buy a Coke was to see whose bottle came from the furthest away. When we went out to the diner we always took a US map with us where each bottle was mapped and marked with the kid's initial.
Anyone so limited that they can only spell a word one way is severely handicapped!