July 21, 1969
I remember it well. I was 8-years old.
I had put on my nightgown and gone to bed at 8:00 pm, my usual time, and gone to sleep.
But then, at about 9:30 at night, Mama came into my room and woke me up. Something important was about to happen.
She led me into the living room, and snuggled up with me on the sofa with a blanket and a pillow. Daddy was sitting in his chair, and our big console color television was tuned in to a news program.
Earlier that day, Apollo 11 had landed on the surface of the moon, and everyone in the world was tuned into their television sets, waiting for a miracle to happen.
At 9:56 pm CST, Neil Armstrong made his way out the door of the tiny lunar module, and we all held our breaths...
I remember Mama starting to cry, and Daddy getting stoicly quiet as we watched these two amazingly brave Americans erect our country's flag on the surface of the moon, so far, far away.
Through my life, I've watched many memorable events on television - the towers crumbling on 9/11, the Challenger disaster, the OJ car chase, the funeral of Princess Diana, the levees breaking during Hurricane Katrina, the LA riots. But all of those events were tragic and shocking.
July 21, 1969 was a triumph. It was a moment when everyone in America tuned in to proudly watch our country's success. We all cheered along with those men in the shirts and ties gathered in that huge room at Mission Control in Houston, not far from where I sat in my living room with my family.
I wonder if I'll ever again see an event which brings our country that much pride. I fear not.
What television news story made the biggest impression on you when you were a kid?
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Prompt #1 - How old were you? Share one of the first news stories you remember caring about.