Monday, July 20, 2009

The Moon Landing

On this 40th anniversary of the U.S. moon landing, I am reminded of where I was that day. I was in Pisa, thumbing around on my college Europe trip. On July 20th, 1969, I was with two friends I had met in a youth hotel in London, one a black guy from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the other, Manuel, a Portuguese guy from Angola. We had hit the road together and would travel for several days into Austria. On July 20th, we went into a gelati, an ice cream, news and espresso shop in Pisa and happened to see the American moon landing, live. A little later to celebrate, we took a pencil and wrote our names, a rebellion of graffiti, on the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The remainder of that summer was a flurry of news events coming from the U.S. There was the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland catching fire, the Sharon Tate murder, and Woodstock. What times!


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