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.
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 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."
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."