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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
SPACE CADETS / 1969: NO BUCKS, NO BUCK ROGERS*
STUDY UP FOR THE 1969 MOON LANDING MEDIA BLITZ COMING
A MONTH FROM NOW
Jill Lepore, writing in the New York Times last month began an
article on the plethora of non-fiction works about America’s triumphant journey
to the moon and back, a series of space adventures hailed as one of the 20th
centuries most remarkable achievements.
Every American should read Ms.
Lepore as it is a wellspring for more binging about our post-July 19, 1969
Yes, it remains a stunning
accomplishment for the United States.And, in typical Yankee bravado, our words not Jill’s, we own the moon.Read it, find a book she mentions and read
those.We still have a month before the
50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s first footprints on the moon.
Writer, Historian Jill Lepore
In her good work, writer Lepore
challenges us to read “Hasselblad and the Moon Landing” by Deborah
Ireland.In that book, we learn much
regarding those fascinating first steps on the moon and how they were
photographed.Ireland gives us a who’s
who on the footprints.Those footprints will
never erode unless a 23rd-century Hong Kong developer builds condo towers on the
site.Seriously, Ireland’s book sets to
rest who’s footprints are whose? Of course, the images were created using a
Swedish made Hasselblad camera.
Not escaping the New York Times coverage of worthy Moon
books is the Smithsonian’s “Apollo’s Legacy: Perspectives by the retired NASA
historian Roger Launius.”From his book, we learned the rush to the moon cost the country $25.4 billion or $180 billion
in 21st-century dollars.The
expense then and now is explained by NASA: “No bucks, no Buck Rogers.”
For the entire text of Jill
Lepore’s article: click here.
*For you insufferable post-millennials we spoon feed a
historical note on Buck Rogers.Buck was
big after his first appearance in the comic book “Amazing Stories” by Philip
Nowlan.It morphed into a popular
newspaper cartoon series and radio, film and TV incarnations.Click here.