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Re: “Apollo Anniversary

I have been binge-watching the HBO Series "From the Earth to the Moon" this weekend trying to recapture some of the excitement I felt growing up during the so-called Space Race.

I vaguely recall going outside to watch the night sky in my grandfathers backyard in Colorado after the Soviets launched Sputnik and listened to the tinge a fear in the adults voices as I strained to see one tiny speck among all those lights in the sky.

I remember my parents let me stay home from school in Phoenix when Alan Shepard became the first American to fly into the fringes of space. After that I was hooked.

I became what we now call a "fanboy" about the space program before we even knew what fanboys are. I built countless models of the spacecraft from Mercury, to Gemini and Apollo. I even built a large-scale model of the Soviet's first space capsule and was young enough and naive enough about the ways of the world to include Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin as my hero too.

When America's landing on the moon occurred, I was once again at one of my grandfathers homes glued to the old black and white television watching the grainy image from the moon like everyone else around the world. My parents were used to my obsession with the space program by then, but my grandparents wondered "if the boy was all right."

After the first and second moon landings, I recall how American lost interest in the program only to have it frighteningly come back during the Apollo 13 mission. I suddenly found myself the center of attention in my classroom at school and even brought my spacecraft models to show my classmates and teacher what was going on with the damaged Command Module and Lunar Module that served as a lifeboat for the imperiled crew.

Today, as we see what is going on around the world -- the political upheavals, the humanitarian crises, the endangered environment and a host of other man-made problems -- I cannot help missing those days when a bright future lay ahead and promised to bring new wonders for the entire world to share.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/18/2019 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Beyond the Pickup

Amazing article

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Posted by Professional Writer on 07/17/2019 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Fat Girls Can

Yeah there are ugly failures who are skinny too. Doesn't change the fact that fatties shouldn't wear spandex and tank tops ewww.

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Posted by phucku on 07/14/2019 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Fat Girls Can

Wow a herd of morbidly obese women ran by just now and my house shook...oh weight, it was just 2 of them powerwalking

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Posted by phucku on 07/14/2019 at 1:56 PM

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