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A Letter to Walter Cronkite

18 Jul 2009, 14:53 UTC
A Letter to Walter Cronkite
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Dear Walter, NASA has been putting a great effort into commemorations for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, but it took your death to give the event some soul, some emotional content. Those of us who were alive at...

Dear Walter,NASA has been putting a great effort into commemorations for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, but it took your death to give the event some soul, some emotional content. Those of us who were alive at the time watched the landing on television -- now I guess it would be Twittered. Buzz Aldrin, in his new book, concludes that it was the fact that this event was so shared by the people of Earth that in retrospect made it so remarkable. You were the host of the world's party. To be honest, I don't remember you on TV that night. I was eight years old and dividing my attention between the grainy picture on TV and poking at my sisters as we jostled for space on our parents' bed so late that night. I hadn't the slightest inkling that not only would I become a journalist, but that I'd cover the space program as well. Go figure. ...

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