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Young Swimmer

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Portrait of a young swimmer at the shore.
Photographed with a 4×5 camera.

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Apollo 11 – Moon Landing

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Today, at 4:17PM EST, will be the 48th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Approximately 6 hours later, Neil Armstrong exited the Eagle to set foot on the Moon. He was followed by Buzz Armstrong from my home state of New Jersey. As with millions (billions?) of people worldwide I watched the historic event on my TV at home. It was just my Mom and me.

Science and science fiction consumed me as a child. I saw many movies – today TCM is playing one of my favorites “First Men in the Moon”, original novel by H.G. Wells. Again, I saw it with my Mom.  I had an advantage over the kids who grew up in the 1950’s and earlier who loved Sci-Fi movies – I could watch the REAL THING with NASA. Early Reality TV with actual drama – Gemini 4 with Edward White was “Walking in Space”!

Obviously I could not actually participate in the Grand Adventure. The closest I could get was building those Revell plastic models (or was it some other company?). I had them all – Mercury, Gemini, various Apollo kits, along with scif-fi models. I wished that I still had them all.

I also wrote to NASA. They sent me two books regarding careers. It was never a path I followed because I’m lousy in math, but I did buy a telescope. I could look if not travel.

If you go online today, locate a copy of “Full Moon” by Michael Light. He gained access to the original Apollo negatives and had new prints made. The copies most people have seen over the years are copies of copies of copies. That degrades the image. This book is breathtaking. I also recommend “From Earth to the Moon” produced by Tom Hanks for HBO on DVD. It’s a miniseries about the journey to the moon – the story on Earth and in space. Also “For All Mankind”. More interviews and footage. One final recommendation is a feature documentary “In the Shadow of the Moon”, produced by Ron Howard. This film was released in 2008 and features recent interviews with astronauts, along with space footage. And there are many more documentaries available.

The photograph above was taken at the 1964 New York World’s Fair Space Park. That young boy in the photo is myself. 

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Disappointment

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If only disappointment as an adult was as simple as what’s felt by my daughter when she was young.
She wanted to be in the front seat on the amusement park ride.

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Man and his Hats

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The Man and his hats.
At times, when you can’t make a decision, 
just go with everything.

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The Musician

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You can feel the music while only
seeing the trumpet.
What a musician does.

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On the Road

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Somewhere in Wyoming on a trip out west,
these folks were On the Road!

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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice, Ocean Sunrise

Summer Solstice.
First Day of Summer.
Longest day of the year.
Days start getting shorter tomorrow.
(This is where I curse…..)

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…don’t need you anymore…

 

Father's Day

Someone said, “Parents need to raise their children
so when they become adults, they don’t need you anymore.”
An unintended consequence I found is “I still need them“.
This Sunday is Father’s Day.
Happy Father’s day to all the Dads.

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Mel’s Drive-In

Mel's Drive In, Restaurant, Diner, San Francisco, California

Before George Lucas changed the American Film landscape with Star Wars, he made American Graffiti. A story set in the 1950’s starring an ensemble cast that included Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford (aka Hans Solo). The action takes place in California during one night and Mel’s Drive-In is featured prominently in the narrative. The photograph above was taken in San Francisco.

Recently my son and his girlfriend had a weekend getaway to the city and I mentioned Mel’s. They stopped in for a meal.

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San Francisco Cable Car

San Francisco Cable Car

Traveling on a  San Francisco cable car is  part of the experience,
but imagine being the cable car operator. You not only have to operate
antique machinery, but you also have to warn knuckleheads who come
dangerously close to losing a limb.

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