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Old 07-15-19, 04:50 AM
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1969 50 years ago

I keep seeing all this commentary about the moon landing and Apollo 11, and how that was 50 years ago.

That same summer, Woodstock occurred.

Think about it... we landed on the moon, and it was the "age of Aquarius."
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Old 07-15-19, 08:36 AM
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I watched the moon landing on a black and white TV with a bad picture tube, and the whole time, I was trying to figure out what the black and white shapes were doing. Thanks to more modern TVs of later years, I was able to see what I was looking at.
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Old 07-15-19, 08:40 AM
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That is so boss man.
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Old 07-15-19, 08:49 AM
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That is so boss man.
Really groovy man, that you can dig it.
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Old 07-15-19, 09:15 AM
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I'm going to Woodstock next month with some other couples. One member of our group was there in '69.

BTW, it isn't the heavily-hyped one (which may never happen). Instead we are going to the original location.
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Old 07-15-19, 10:05 AM
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It was fake, all done in a studio with actors and special effects. The moonlanding was quite an achievement though.
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Originally Posted by Stadjer View Post
It was fake, all done in a studio with actors and special effects. The moonlanding was quite an achievement though.
Woodstock was fake and done in a studio?!?
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
I watched the moon landing on a black and white TV
Same. The picture was ok though - at least 13 inches, on a stool in the living room. My dad may have bought a TV for the landing. I was out playing in the street but my mom made me come in and watch. Thanks mom and dad.
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Old 07-15-19, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Stadjer View Post
It was fake, all done in a studio with actors and special effects.
Woodstock? Who knew???
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Old 07-15-19, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
Instead we are going to the original location.
Back in 2001 I rode there from Port Jervis, NY during a long weekend cycling vacation.
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Old 07-15-19, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by aRoudy1 View Post
Woodstock was fake and done in a studio?!?
Beat me to it. Damn.
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Old 07-15-19, 10:57 AM
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Same. The picture was ok though - at least 13 inches, on a stool in the living room. My dad may have bought a TV for the landing. I was out playing in the street but my mom made me come in and watch. Thanks mom and dad.
But Armstrong did not walk on the moon till 10:39PM. That is the part I remember. Past my bed time but my parent's got me up.
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Old 07-15-19, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
That same summer, Woodstock occurred.

Think about it... we landed on the moon, and it was the "age of Aquarius."
I wasn't born yet but I listened to a lot of that music and saw the concert movie and I don't believe it's a coincidence at all. Is Zeitgeist an English word?
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Old 07-15-19, 12:33 PM
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I was 1 year old. But I remember
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Old 07-15-19, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Stadjer View Post
I wasn't born yet but I listened to a lot of that music and saw the concert movie and I don't believe it's a coincidence at all. Is Zeitgeist an English word?
A German word, but we know it, we'll steal language from anyone.

Heck, we even have a movie by the name of "Zeitgeist."

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeitgeist_(film_series)
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Old 07-15-19, 01:08 PM
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A German word, but we know it, we'll steal language from anyone.
That's fine as long as the Germans get it back undamaged.

I wrote a review about a 1969 album once, and I started it like I was telling about the moonlanding for background, but it was about the men that made the album and the simularities kept coming and coming. Excessive preparation leading up to the summer of 69, boldly go where no one had gone before, out of this world, not because of the result but because it could be done and therefore had to be done just for the sake of finding out etc. It was about Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart and his magic band, didn't play at Woodstock, but that sense of urgency to explore and don't hold back, is quite typical for that time imo.
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Old 07-15-19, 01:34 PM
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Hmmm...

Around here... the 60's was the superlative decade. The Apocalypse Decade?

1962, Columbus Day Storm "The Big Blow" Picked up the edge of Typhoon Freda. One of the most memorable wind storms... (even happening before I was born).

1964, Christmas Flood, thehe biggest widespread flood Oregon has seen in the last 50 years, and probably the biggest for quite some time before that.

1969, the Big Snow. About 3 feet of snow which is unusual for the area, both before and after that.

1972, and either 71 or 73, we had about a week of sub-zero weather. Our pond froze to thick enough for us to sweep off the snow and ice skate on the pond. Rare for this area. At the time, I was young, and thought that it was just "normal", but we haven't had such a freeze since, although a few cold days here and there.
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Old 07-15-19, 02:50 PM
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I kind of remember the moon landing, but don't remember Woodstock as most people then didn't realize it was a big deal until too later. Especially 10 year olds.
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I kind of remember the moon landing, but don't remember Woodstock as most people then didn't realize it was a big deal until too later. Especially 10 year olds.
I remember an older neighbor telling us she was going. I really was not sure what it was. Funny, I think that was the last we ever saw of her.
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Old 07-15-19, 04:25 PM
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I kind of remember the moon landing, but don't remember Woodstock as most people then didn't realize it was a big deal until too later. Especially 10 year olds.
I was just too young in 1969 to remember much, other than second hand stories.

I doubt I would remember the first moon landing. But, do vaguely remember some of the later ones.

Again, not really realizing that the program would be abruptly stopped in 1972.

And, of course, I have a couple of memories of the 1972 Nixon election, my parent's disappointment in the outcome, and hearing Watergate on the radio in the mornings.
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One set of grandparents lived in Florida along the Indian River. We could see the launches if you knew were to look from there, and they launched one when we were down there on vacation one year. We tried to get my sister to get up to see it, but she didn't want to and said she'd watch the one tomorrow. We had a good laugh at her expense, and the idea of another moon launch the next day was pretty outlandish to my grandparents.
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The first event with media saturation when I was old enough to remember is the Challenger explosion.
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I'm playing in the orchestra for this concert commemerating the moon landing.

But Armstrong did not walk on the moon till 10:39PM. That is the part I remember. Past my bed time but my parent's got me up.


The new choral work includes some lyrics about how the landing was past most kids bedtimes, and it was a big deal to get to watch it. I bet that's a very common memory for those that were young kids at the time
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I can remember this

Before a military coup in '69 Somalia was considered the "Switzerland of Africa" with free and fair democratic elections.

I wasn't at Woodstock or Altamont but I got to see Hendrix in Dallas that spring. It was loud.

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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
But Armstrong did not walk on the moon till 10:39PM. That is the part I remember. Past my bed time but my parent's got me up.
That must have been Eastern time, since I remember it being during daylight hours on the West Coast.
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