Monday, July 20, 2009

There's a Moon in the Sky (called the moon)

Where were you when man first walked on the moon, 40 years ago today?

Do you remember? I do. Well, I remember where I was - not where you were.

I had not yet turned 6 and whatever space travel was didn't interest me in the slightest. Not that I knew what it was or had any conception of the gravity (space pun!) of what was going on.

What I did know was that whatever shows I watched were not on any of the three stations we got. For any youngsters who read this blog, once upon a time, there were only three VHF stations. Wait, you probably don't know from UHF/VHF. Then I'll really stump you on the fact that I had to go to the tv set to change the channels. No remote! (the horror!!!!)

Which is exactly what I did. I kept going to the tv and change between channels 3, 5 and 8. My parents never got upset - and why should they? The same picture was on every channel - showing the exact same broadcast. You could not get away from it. Snore! ...well at least to a 5 year old.

Now, with umpteen billion channels, and hitting the 40th anniversary of the Eagle landing, there is tons of time to broadcast specials on the event. Including many that bring up the conspiracy theory that the moon landing was faked. Actually, all six moon landings were faked.

These theorists have issues with many things - including lunar shadows, the flapping flag in an environment that had no wind, no stars in any of the pictures and the radioactivity not allowing the film to survive space travel let alone re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Or actually that the astronauts couldn't have survived the solar flares that happened when they were up there.

These specials have a lot of old coots using lots of air quotes. It's fun to watch.

They must be creaming in their jeans that NASA has admitted to inadvertently erasing 200,000 tapes of the original moon landing. It's like christmas for these guys.

I like a good conspiracy as much as the next guy, but I'm not buying any of it.

They haven't linked Walter Cronkite's death to this anniversary, but since he was the big news source of this era, it's only a matter of time before someone says that NASA had him murdered to keep him silent.

Hell...they already severed Neil Armstrong's ring finger to keep his silence. These space mafia folks don't fuck around. Sure, they made it look like an accident........but the theorists know better......they know....

btw....this is my 1500th post. yikes!

Song by: the B-52's


Larry Ohio said...

I'm right with you on the 3 channels and no remote. But lucky for me, if the wind was just right, we could pull in some snowy Detroit, Windsor, and Cleveland stations in addition to our 3 Toledo stations. Yes, Ottawa county is the center of the TV broadcast universe.

The other day there was a poll on about whether you think the moon landing was faked. To be silly, I voted yes. Then I saw the results: 14% voted for FAKED!!! Were 14% of the voters being silly like me, or are there really that many nutz out there?

anne marie in philly said...

I was almost 15, awaiting the start of sophomore year of high school.

I didn't pay much attention then.

our color tv, no remote, had channels 3, 6, 10, and 12; UHF had channels 17, 29, and 48.

history is wasted on the young - who said that?

A Lewis said...

Well, well my little pumpkin, I DO remember that day....and I remember watching it orbit in space in the dark summer sky as well.