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Old 09-04-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Oh, and of course the Apollo 8 Moon Landing in 1969, saw it on black and white TV too (I was in England back ten, in summerschool).
You mean Apollo 11.
Apollo 8 just circled the moon (in late 1968).

Ken
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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The 1984 Olympics.

I remember watching Mary Lou Retton win her gold medal in the vault. Fascinating athlete she was!!

And Carl Lewis winning all his 4 gold medals (100, 200 meter dashes, long jump, and member of the 4X100 meter relay team).

Also, when Mary Decker Slaney fell down. I was very heartbroken when that happened. I was yelling on the T.V. set and telling her, "GET UP!! RUN!! GET UP, DON'T GIVE UP!!". But to me, she's still one of the greatest female distance runners ever. That damn Zola Budd!!

These wonderful athletes made a huge impression on me. I started in gymnastics and ballet after this, but only stayed in them for 1 year. Then I switched over to running. Running is my thing, even to this day (but I run longer distances now).
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: southern california
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cuban missile crisis.
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Old 09-04-2009, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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The Berlin wall going up almost overnight. The Cuban missle crisis, my teacher listening to the radio in class, crying.

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Old 09-30-2010, 08:41 AM
 
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The Cuban Missile Crisis. I was around 10, didn't really comprehend what was going on, just knew Mom and Dad were really scared, so of course we all were, too.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I remember on the news - every night about Saigon Saigon Saigon... the Vietnam war of course.
Yep, "B-52s" and "casualties" were words I remember hearing on the news radio in the early late 1960s, early 1970s.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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they added "One nation under god" to the Pledge...I thought it was terrible...
It still is terrible. So is "In god we trust".

Here's my Alabama license plate version of another annoying slogan:

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Old 09-30-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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No doubt, Apollo 11. Of all global events, this (I think) was the most fantastic and enduring event.
No doubt. It still boggles my mind. I work in aerospace now and with all the hurdles and hoops and bureaucracy and inefficiencies we deal with every day I still don't know how the US put a man on the moon in nine years (five out of six times in four years) when engineers didn't have desktop computers, email, Excel, hand held calculators, etc.

Whenever something totally frustrating happens at work (like being told it will take three days for an IT guy to replace toner or you need to fill out a form to get a light bulb changed) I exclaim out loud "We never put a man on the moon - No Way - not this country."
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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The first significant historical event of my life was the Challenger explosion. One of my high school teachers was a candidate to be on that flight, and to this day it breaks my heart.
I started a thread on the Los Angeles forum or CA forum something like "What where you doing when...." I remember vividly finding out about the Challenger Explosion. I was in college warming up for a softball PE class. I was tossing a ball back and forth with one of those dudes who always wore a yarmulke and he asked me if I heard about the shuttle explosion. He was wearing gray sweats and a white T-Shirt.

//www.city-data.com/forum/los-a...what-were.html

Maybe I'll start one on the history forum.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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The main events that I remember as a kid:

1. Challenger explosion. I remember how everyone felt and how upset my teacher was. The image of President Reagan giving his speech and the words he spoke was very impactful even for a kid.

2. Berlin Wall coming down. I remember what a momentous occasion it was and watching people celebrating in the streets. We had a teacher in the local high school who was from Germany and had family in the East. She came and talked to our school and she cried just talking about what it meant to her.

3. The first Gulf War. My dad was in the National Guard, but had been active Army for 30 years or so before that. He was put on notice that he might have to go and I remember his bags sitting in the dining room. He got the call and packed up and headed out. I remember watching him leave and then being glued to the TV as the war started and waiting every night hoping he would call. The day he came home was huge and I never saw my mom cry so much in her life.
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