Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 7/20/16
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”  (Neil Armstrong)  Today is Moon Day, recognizing the man’s first step on the surface of the moon, 7/20/1969.  A friend of mine was one of the engineers working on that project.  During the landing process alarms started going off.  It turned out to be a software issue.  He was proud, but did not relax until the crew was safely back.  I’m hoping for another leap for mankind.  We could use it.    ;-)  Jack

FROM TRIHARDER:  Did he say "a man"?  As I recall it, the transmission voice from the moon was somewhat garbled.  Whether it was "a man" or "man" depends on Neil's recollection.  He probably had in mind what he would say upon landing.  Sometimes the excitement of a situation can make us say things in a way we didn't intend.  Today, he might say, "a human" or "humankind."====TH:  Sounds pretty clear to me.  But, yes, he could very well have been caught up in the excitement. Not many have repeated that feat.

 FROM OPTILOU:   Good Morning, Pastor!  And tonight's moon is referred to as a Buck Moon!  See   Wishing you a beautiful day!====JACK:  I've read that the naming of certain moon phases goes back to early times when the moon indicated seasons...Sturgeon Moon (good fishing), Thunder Moon (rainy season), Hay Moon (haying season), and, of course, Harvest Moon.  I'm sure that you can name many songs that are moon-related, too.

 FROM KS IN MICHIGAN:  Thanks for the winning words.  I remember that day!====JACK:  Some events are unforgettable.  What do you have in your memory bank?

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  The moon landing was so long ago yet it seems like yesterday.  We could use some giant leaps!====JACK:  Leaps back to civility would be more than welcome.

FROM JACKHAMMER:  You've got that right Jack.  Seems mankind has gone backwards recently....................====JACK:  In 1863, Santayana wrote: "Those who cannot remember the (mistakes of) of the past are condemned to repeat (them) it."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  My 84 yr. old grandfather, who could remember the Wright bros. initial "flight", was absolutely astounded by astronauts and  space travel. What progress of aviation in one lifetime! I've been to the Space Museum at the Smithsonian, The Museum of Science and Industry and Chicago Planetarium, and seen those tiny capsules they flew through space in, and marvel at the daring and courage of those early astronauts!!  Just finished reading "The Martian" (the movie was very good, too) and again, am in awe of the brain-power of all who work on the space projects.  I just know one nuclear engineer, but his brilliance is typical of so many in that field! Kudos to all!! ====JACK:  Bachman-Turner Overdrive had a song, "You Ain't Seen Nuthin Yet."  Just as Grandpa was stunned by the astronaut program, there will be things to stun us, as well....not to mention, "Eye hath not see, nor ear heard etc."

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