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!