Where Were You When the Eagle…

On Sunday November 22, we wrote about the day JFK was shot and what we were doing that day. The story received more views than any we’d posted to date. A lot of “likes” and “comments” on my personal Facebook page as well. Seems a lot of people could identify with those somber recollections.

It occurred to me that the events we included, JFK’s assassination, the passing of Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Elvis, Princess Diana. The Challenger disaster. All bad things. So, are bad things the most likely to implant memories of where we were, what we were doing? Or, does that happen with good things as well? Of course. There’s one good event I believe most of us can remember, including where we were at the time.Moon Shot NY Times

July 20, 1969. Man set foot on the moon. I remember vividly where I was. It was the weekend between my two weeks of summer camp with the Iowa Army Reserve. A couple other reservists and I had gone home to the Quad-Cities for the weekend from Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. We were driving back to the camp, and listening to radio coverage of the moon shot. As Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins approached the moon, three reservists were approaching East Dubuque, Illinois famed for its “strip” of bars and liquor stores.

Thinking, “We gotta see this!” we crossed the bridge to Illinois and pulled into one of the bars on Main Street in East Dubuque. What better place to watch history being made? We found bar stools near the TV and watched as the Eagle landed. We knew we would be late reporting back to Fort McCoy, so we called ahead and amazingly, or perhaps understandably, the brass understood. What we didn’t think about was getting up at 4:00 a.m. the next day, having celebrated the moon landing in East Dubuque the night before.

If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to scroll down and read the previous post, “Where Were You When..” Special thanks to Gayle Olson, a longtime friend and fellow broadcaster for sharing Brainshowers among his many Facebook friends in Michigan and all over the place. This is how the word spreads. If you enjoy our Brainshowers, please share with others.

One thought on “Where Were You When the Eagle…

  1. Dave Coopman says:

    I was in the TV control room at WOC-TV watching the feed from NBC, as were all the other engineers. As Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface, I happed to glance at one of the other guys and tears were streaming down his cheeks. He stated, “I never thought I’d see something like that in my lifetime.” Thinking about that, I guess I hadn’t either.


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