I’ve Seen History in The Making Twice!


“One of these days Alice—pow! Straight to the Moon!” – Jackie Gleason a.k.a – Ralph Cramden on tv show “The Honeymooners”

I was seven years old when I watched with excitement the Apollo Flight that went to the moon.  My mother made sure it was on the right channel.  I was totally amazed of what I saw.  That was June 1969.

Now May 30, 2020 I saw again history in the making.  It was the first time a private company sent two men to the international space centre.  More amazing was the booster rocket.  It carried the module holding the two men into orbit then returned and landed vertically on the exact landing pad.  Now the space program can reuse the rocket boosters.

I have always been interested in the space program.  I can tell you where I was when the space shuttle Challenger exploded killing everyone on board.  I remember how I felt when I heard that marvellous speech that President Ronald Reagan gave after that disaster.  I still get goosebumps when I hear that line of the speech.

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God. – President Ronald Reagan, January 28, 1986

So dear reader when I saw today’s launch to the space centre I thought of the character Ralph Cramden, the bus driver, on the tv show The Honeymooners, “One of these days Alice, pow straight to the moon”! Ralph Cramden would have been thrilled at today’s history making event!

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  1. cheriewhite

    Love this post! And you really took me back when you mentioned the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion. I remember that day so well and it’s still fresh in my mind. I was in the Eighth Grade and remember the teacher coming into the classroom and announcing the tragedy. He then wheeled a television into our classroom and we watched replays of the explosion and updates for the rest of the class period! I can’t believe that’s been 34 years ago! 1986!


  2. Geri Lawhon

    The space program will always mean a lot to me. The excitement of what has been done, unfortunately carries some tragedies with it. Great post.

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