Were you from the generation that got to watch the 1969 Lunar landing on TV?
If so, after the death of Neil Armstrong you are probably feeling a bit sentimental for that era.
When I look back at my “childhood” and teenage years I see the cultural impact of the whole space race and the lunar landing.
Astronauts were often the heroes people wanted to be like.
I remember having crazy dreams that I would be an astronaut! The closest I ever got was being in a commercial for an ice-cream called the Moonshot!
They tried to make a TV studio look like the panels of a rocket or mission control.
Like many kids from that generation, I would make models of rockets and the Lunar Landing module.
One of my prized toys of my youth was a rescue ship Vertibird where you operated a helicopter to rescue an astronaut after splashdown! Did you have a Vertibird?
And of course there was Anthony Nelson (a young Larry Hagman) as an astronaut in “I Dream of Jeannie”.
Now I won’t mention any names – but one of my mates still has a collection of Robots and rocketships and even an astronaut version of Barbie. He assures me that the astronaut Barbie is a “recent acquisition” for his daughter. 🙂
It’s Ok if you are feeling a bit sentimental at this time for that unique time.
A friend of mine sent me a clip of Billy Bragg singing about the feelings of kids of the space era – the hope (and the disappointment). He sums up the feeling so beautifully. Enjoy!