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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: The Moon Landings 50 anniversary

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banjonz - Posted - 07/19/2019:  17:12:18

I want to be the first to start this thread and say a big congrats to the USA and especially to NASA in what it achieved to get men on the moon. Many nations played their part in this great undertaking. Those of us who are old enough will most likely remember the day in glorious black and white. This time has got me thinking of those other nations who for one reason or another were not able to enter the race to the moon. Mostly were limited because they didn't have the money nor the technical expertise. One nation Italy, leapfrogged upon the backs of both Russia and the USA and at least built a rocket and intended to put a man in orbit. This exercise was little known and it didn't get into the news at all. The reason they did not succeed was cultural. Let me explain...

The rocket was prepped to go. The Romanaut was in the capsule. The countdown had begun...

"ten ah", "nine ah", "eight ah", but for you Guiseppi Five ah"!

AndrewD - Posted - 07/19/2019:  18:04:48

Well that would have been a bit less bone-headed if you had spelled Giuseppe correctly. But not much.

bubbalouie - Posted - 07/19/2019:  19:25:49

I was 10 years old. We got to go home & watch the landing. There wasn't any Tee vees at our school!

My grandfather said it was outrageous that we got time off to watch something staged in Hollywood!

AndrewD  Ya gotta hate those guys from the Colonies!



Edited by - bubbalouie on 07/19/2019 19:27:47

BanjoLink - Posted - 07/19/2019:  21:08:02

I was in the bar at the Bachelor's Officer's Quarters in the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. All the Marines there toasted the achievement with a beer, or should I say beers, as I don't ever recall drinking just one!

Remsleep - Posted - 07/20/2019:  00:13:36

I have an acquaintance from high school with whom I’m friends on FaceBook. She has a graduate degree and worked for the federal government for many years. She is a full blown Moon Landing denier: It was all done on a soundstage in Tempe, AZ or something like that. Every NASA employee is either in on it or in the dark. Extraordinary.

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/20/2019:  02:42:33

Extraordinary & Eerie.....

Edited by - chuckv97 on 07/20/2019 02:43:33

DC5 - Posted - 07/20/2019:  05:04:40


Originally posted by bubbalouie

I was 10 years old. We got to go home & watch the landing. There wasn't any Tee vees at our school!

My grandfather said it was outrageous that we got time off to watch something staged in Hollywood!

AndrewD  Ya gotta hate those guys from the Colonies!



You had school running this late in July?  

DC5 - Posted - 07/20/2019:  05:08:38

Having just completed my Junior year of High School, I was working at a summer nature camp in Rutland Massachusetts on the day of the landing. There was a small portable TV that we watched Neil Armstrong take his first step on the moon that night. It was a day camp, and only the counselors stayed over night.

bubbalouie - Posted - 07/20/2019:  06:10:52

Ya got me there Dave! It WAS 50 years ago. That's the way I remember it. I do remember Grandpa ranting though! 

DC5 - Posted - 07/20/2019:  07:14:22

Yeah, when school started in the fall I heard other students starting in on the faked landing conspiracy stuff. Funny how humans are willing to not believe in some things that are easily provable, (moon landing, global warming) and willing to believe in some things that are not provable, (big foot, homeopathy).

rinemb - Posted - 07/20/2019:  07:42:37

To fake more than one landing, without the word getting around, seems more impossible.

In the 1980s, I was one of the chairmen for our Regional Geologists Convention, and I got Harrison Schmitt to be our keynote speaker. He was the first geologist on the moon, later a Senator from New Mexico. I asked him how they faked all that. Not sure if he thought that was funny, but he said he was there. So being a US Senator, you would have to believe him. ;-) Brad

DC5 - Posted - 07/20/2019:  08:16:44

One camera man or lighting guy could have made a million $ writing a book and providing proof of the conspiracy. There's no way you get everyone involved on board and no one reveals the conspiracy. Especially in this day and age of kiss and tell everything and Wikileaks. My grandfather's company made a lot of money making space suits, don't think they would have made nearly as much making costumes. Also, there would be a solid vested interest in the Soviets showing this as a fake. There's more holes in the conspiracy theory than in Albert Hall.

Wyozark - Posted - 07/20/2019:  10:34:12

July 20th, 1969. Bubbalouie's first recollection made me check a calendar. That day was a Sunday. I was 14 years old, and that fall I would be a sophomore in high school. I remember watching the moon landing on our b/w TV. Even though I was so thoroughly clueless about most things, I did have enough sense to understand history was being made and I needed to watch it.

Doc Ivory - Posted - 07/20/2019:  10:38:49

I was 16 years old.
Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were my musical heros then.
I was GLUED to the TV and kept a scrapbook of any picture or article on the flight.

RB3 - Posted - 07/20/2019:  12:22:34


Originally posted by BanjoLink

I was in the bar at the Bachelor's Officer's Quarters in the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. All the Marines there toasted the achievement with a beer, or should I say beers, as I don't ever recall drinking just one!

For BanjoLink and others who may enjoy it, I’ll share the story of an experience I had with Neil Armstrong.  Stick with me; this will take a while.

I have an older brother who was a 30 year, career officer in the U.S. Air Force.  After he retired from the military, he settled in Lebanon, Ohio.  Not knowing anyone in the community, he struck up friendships through a network of other military retirees in the area.

About 25 years ago, he called me and asked me if I’d be interested in going on a golf trip.  Every year in the late spring, he and a bunch of guys from Lebanon did a 3-day golf trip at a little country golf resort near Harrodsburg, Ky.  One of the guys in his regular foursome was in the hospital, and he needed a quick replacement.  I’m a golf addict, so I immediately accepted the invitation.

When we arrived at the golf course and went in to the front office to check in, I discovered that Neil Armstrong was one of the members of our group of golfers.  After he left NASA, Neil had also settled in Lebanon and he was a member of my brother’s network of military retirees.  My brother introduced me to Neil, we all shook hands, got checked in and headed for the golf course.

Neil’s foursome went out first, followed by our foursome.  When we finished our round, Neil’s foursome was standing outside the pro-shop that was housed in a building that had an adjoining restaurant.  As we arrived and joined their group, an outside door to the restaurant kitchen opened and two women stuck their heads out.  One of them pointed at Neil.  The other woman then walked up with a pad of blank restaurant guest checks in her hand and said, “Are you Mr. Armstrong?”  Neil said nothing and instead pointed at the guy who was standing in front of him.  The woman turned quickly to the other guy and said, “Oh, Mr. Armstrong, can I have your autograph?”  Everyone smiled, the other guy signed Neil’s name on the guest check pad and the woman hustled back into the kitchen.  I imagine that woman still thinks she has Neil’s autograph.

As is the custom on these types of trips, we pooled our money and played different types of golf games to make things competitively interesting.  On the final morning, we were to play in foursomes, but we were also to play competitively as pairs based upon our scores from the first two days and I was going to be playing with Neil as my partner.  I was going to be the golfing Buzz Aldrin.

Unfortunately, a huge thunder storm descended upon us about 15 minutes before we were scheduled to tee off.  We all went into the restaurant, sat around a big round table, got a second cup of coffee and waited for the storm to blow over.  After a few minutes, a very young girl who worked as a waitress at the restaurant came up to Neil and said, “Oh Mr. Armstrong, I’m so sorry.  I’ve been waiting on you every morning at breakfast, but I had no idea who you were.”  Neil gracefully told her that there was no need to apologize.  The young girl responded, “Gee, I can’t believe that you’ve actually been to the moon.  What was it like up there?”  Neil said, “It was okay”, which elicited a few chuckles from the group.  The young girl then added, “Gosh, I still can’t believe that you’ve been to the moon.  I’ve never even been out of the county”.  We all just about fell out of our chairs laughing.

As it turned out, the severity of the storm completely inundated the golf course and we all decided to pack it in and head for home.  Sadly, I didn’t get to be the golfing Buzz Aldrin.

parlour player - Posted - 07/20/2019:  15:33:48

I suggest your all read this, and remember if wasn't for German Nazis rocket scientists there wouldn't being any Apollo missions
these men murdered 60,000 forced workers.
for more.. read this ..

rinemb - Posted - 07/20/2019:  16:24:27

That's a real buzz killer. There Mr. Player.

I don't dispute it, we all know that,. I guess we need to to cheer for the thousands of others that contributed, big time.

parlour player - Posted - 07/20/2019:  16:39:35

Lest we forget...

BanjoLink - Posted - 07/20/2019:  16:56:26

Wayne .... when I started reading this thread, I thought to myself if I couldn't enlist you to tell the story of your golf trip with Neil Armstrong and after scrolling down a few posts there was the story. I have told that story to numerous friends, but have to admit that I changed it a bit (actually thought it was what you had told me). I said the young lady replied "I've never been out of Kentucky". I'll have to change it to "country". Great story ..... especially Neil's description of the moon visit!

Chris Meakin - Posted - 07/20/2019:  17:35:02

I watched it on telly at home. From memory it was early morning our time.

My favourite Apollo/moon landing music. I fleetingly thought of writing lyrics for a male a capella choir version, but knew I would never do the music justice.



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