I was 9-years-old (almost 10) on July 20, 1969. I was attending Hidden Villa camp near Los Altos, California at the time, and we all crowded into the “dining hall,” a room in a rustic wooden building, and stared up at a TV in the corner of the room near the ceiling.
I’m pretty sure that’s the only time we viewed a television during my 2 to 3-week stay at camp. The TV wasn’t very big and it was difficult to tell what was going on. I remember feeling confused at what I was watching.
But what is more interesting is what was going on back home, in Webster, Texas. My Father worked for Lockheed Corporation and was working on the moon landing project. He, along with other computer programmers, designed and wrote the software to monitor the heartbeats of the astronauts.
I recently found a note card that I received from my mother during my stay at camp. Part of the letter described her day. Here is an excerpt:
“We did go to the Smith’s to watch when the lunar module landed on the moon and the two men walked on it. Lloyd (my dad) was working because he has extra work with all the tapes of their heartbeats to compute. Their daddy (the Smith’s dad) was also gone – he was in Los Angeles to do some work with the men who designed the lunar module.”
Thank you so much for creating your Summer of Space experience. I’m looking forward to it!