Moon Landing Memories To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, WHRO listeners share their memories of that historic night.
Moon Landing Memories

Moon Landing Memories

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, WHRO listeners share their memories of that historic night.

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Dennis Frasca

Dennis Frasca, a resident of VB, was instrumental in working with Grumman on a simulator that was used in the early work ups for Apollo 11. He shares with us his memories and observation of the early days leading to the moment that man first stepped foot on the moon.

Chris Beisel

In July 1969, 22 year old Chris Beisel was playing in a band at the legendary Peppermint Beach Club in Virginia Beach. He recalls how the manager of the club stopped the band and dancers to watch a small portable tv brought out to watch the moon landing.

Judy Flowers

Judy Flowers of Virginia Beach was on vacation with her husband and young daughter in July 1969. They were in Kitty Hawk at a rental home that had no television ( in fact, as she recalls, none of the homes did- it was unthinkable). The local Post Office placed a small tv in the window and vacationers sat on the sand and watched the landing- a perfect place to do so said Flowers as" it was the birthplace of aviation and here we were watching man walk on the moon."

Mike from Norfolk

Mike remembers seeing the moon landing with his parents and grandmother. They watched it on a small 1940s vintage television that belonged to his grandmother.

Debra Wallace Dise

Debra Wallace Dise recalls being at a Boy Scout Jamboree in Idaho and with no tv at the campsite, her dad took her to a bar to watch the moon landing.

Alison Schoew

Alison Schoew shares her memory of the moon landing, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and her mother.

Ron Wolf

Ron Wolf of Virginia's Eastern Shore had tickets to see Cream in concert and he remembers how he band would not come out and play until after they saw the moon landing.

Jim Kirkpatrick

Jim Kirkpatrick was a youth leader at a church run camp in July 1969. He gathered with campers in a dining hall to watch the landing. He remembers being in "the mountains of Virginia and watching man adjust a camera on the moon and sitting in a state of wonder at the marvel of it all."

John Rovenolt

John Rovenolt from Norfolk Virginia recalls the monumental crusade and Walter Cronkite's tearful reaction to the moon landing.

Brenda Barkley

Brenda Barkley was planning her wedding in the summer of 1969. She watched the moon landing with her Grandfather, who was also her wedding photographer.

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