The Day After: The leap from the Moon

"A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality." John Fitzgerald Kennedy
By: Northwest Passage Record
DELPHOS, Ohio - July 18, 2019 - PRLog -- History was made again on Monday, July 21, 1969 at 1:53 pm, the astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. lifted off from the Moon in the module's ascent stage and then met up with Michael Collins and the orbiting Apollo 11 spacecraft. The three explorers fired away from lunar orbit on July 22 and returned to Earth on July 24.

    Armstrong and Aldrin stayed on Moon for just more 21 hours-two-and-a-half hours, conducting scientific experiments and exploring outside the Lunar Module. These three astronauts/explorers fired away from lunar orbit on July 22 and returned to Earth on July 24.

   Also on this day, my window to the world changed. I was working at the Delphos Daily Herald as well as juggling college.

    At the ripe age of 19, in many ways, I was not tuned into the world events beyond rural America; moreover, engulfed in my college studies and sharpening my skills in what it takes to produce a newspaper: from the newsroom, to composition, to camera, to press, and thusly in the hands of those who brought them to the subscriber's doorsteps.

    The Herald was an afternoon daily newspaper and Noon was the established time where the final pages had to be in the Camera department, however all was put on hold, awaiting the liftoff, but eventually the pages were closed to meet production requirements and a host of other newspapers to be printed. Also during this time, the 'chiefs' of the news, camera and press personnel were gone either for the day or at lunch, except for the Publisher, Murray Cohen and me.

   As a jack-of-all, but still in my youthful 'pro' stage, I was in the final process, burning the plates for the press to be put on and then the printing process. He caught glimpse of the front and back pages and told me to hold up. "I will be back," he said. Back he came with new headlines and also he wanted the top type to be blown up very large.

   On this day, I come to realize the real meaning of "…one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" expressed by Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969.
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