Posted by Vita on July 21, 2000 at 10:41:15:
In Reply to: Thought for the Day posted by The Huggy Merchant on July 21, 2000 at 03:13:32:
: Actually, this is more of a paragraph of the day. I love this story, it makes me see that sometimes, when you are in the thick of it all, doing amazing things, you do not always realise the incredible impact of your actions.
: Excerpt from 'Lost Moon' by Andrew Chaikin
: For now, sitting in the LRL, Buzz Aldrin had time to ponder the significance of what he and his crewmates had been a part of. Back on the Hornet, they had watched videotapes of the news coverage of Apollo 11. There was Walter Cronkite, exulting at the lunar touchdown. Then awed crowds gathered around TV sets, witnessing the first footsteps on another world. For the first time, Aldrin sensed the emotional impact of the first lunar landing. For a man attuned to irony, here was something worth pondering: While the three of them were a quarter of a million miles away, much of humanity had been spellbound by a midsummer miracle. What a moment that must have been. Aldrin turned to Armstrong and said, "Neil, we missed the whole thing."
True story, huh?
Guaranteed, certified, true?
Truly Aldrin was attuned to irony.
A good one, though!
It's like missing the forest for the trees....
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