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  2. It's all relative, I suppose, Eric. Sometimes when I consider the flow of history and think of an evident such as Apollo 11, half a century ago, I count back fifty years before that date, in this case, 1969. That would be 1919. It was the year of the Versailles Treaty, Woodrow Wilson's stroke, A. Mitchell Palmer's Red Scare and Soviet Ark, the birth of the Weimar Republic, the start of the Fascist Party in Italy, a workers' victory with a 48 hour work week in the UK, the first legal Sunday professional baseball game in the US, the Imperial German Naval Fleet scuttled by their own men at Scappa Flow, the first monoplane airliner flight, race riots in Chicago, Wilson's veto of Prohibition is over ridden in the Senate, RCA is created, the Senate rejects the League, the Canadian National Railway is established and President Wilson won the Nobel Peace Prize. Nobody knew what a vitamin is, women's dresses were ankle length, the idea of a weekend did not yet exist, The Big Bulll Market was a phrase nobody would recognize, 55 year old Senator Warren Harding was starting his affair (which would produce a daughter) with 19 year old Nan Britton, the Chrysler Building snd Empire State were still more than ten years away, nobody was yet buying on credit and the first national advertising campaign for O-Dor-O-No (a deodorant) was still several years away, people still used ice boxes, and a woman who painted her face (especially using rouge) was basically seen as a harlot, cigarettes were just beginning to be mass marketed, and Herbert Hoover, The Great Humanitarian, was still a decade from political vilification when Wilson appointed him to lead US War Relief In Europe. Films were silent and in monochrome and nobody could have even grasped the idea that in fifty years humans would walk on the moon and safely return to the Earth. In the summer of 1969, the Apollo achievement was one of several significant events: Judy Garland's sudden death at 48, the Tate/LaBianca murders by Charles Manson, Woodstock, Ted Kennedy's accident at Chappaquidick and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, two computers (the size of tractor trailers) "talk" to each other for the first time, and tens of thousands of high school and college students would strike against the Vietnam War during the nationwide November Moratorium, the riots at Stonewall, the first Vietnam draft lottery was held, Hurricane Camille killed nearly 250 Americans, Wal-Mart is incorporated and the PLO is established, the first ATM is installed and the first smoke detector goes on sale. A car purchased in 1969 would, today, either be a classic with all of its "ahead of its time" curiosities, or a rusting hulk in a salvage yard. Ask a 15 year old if 1969 is recent events or ancient history. And none of us can imagine what the world will be like in 2069--fifty years from now--and few of us, will be here to see. Time waits for no man. Sorry this is so lengthy but I got on a roll. Best, Jim And Happy Birthday! And I have many years on you.
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  4. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    Not THAT long, JIm! July 16th was my 50th Birthday! LOL
  5. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    Complete CBS launch coverage was put on YT, straight from the vault with even WCBS local stuff and commercials. CBS Apollo 11 Launch Coverage
  6. Last week
  7. What I've seen so far is just brilliant. Fifty years is such a very long time. PBS is bringing it all back to life.
  8. Got a decoder ring?

    Also, I believe the white dots on the subway lines do not represent stops, they are just a graphic indication of a subway, instead of some other device like a dotted line.
  9. A very, very early tour

    Taken on the "Avenue of Travel"?
  10. What a hack job. And I'm sure some millennial will ask (looking at the first photo): "What are those stainless steel cylindrical objects outside of the doors?"
  11. Got a decoder ring?

    Well, just like a treasure map, you need a decoder ring. And I found it. (In the archives of this forum and Wayne's guess was correct) The map is for proposed roadway improvements dated 1960 for the upcoming World's Fair. Here is the map followed by the key:
  12. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    I have it recorded and will be watching it this week. CBS Sunday Morning had a segment on the landing today, plus a segment on the women who sewed the space suits, plus a retrospective on Walter Cronkite's coverage. You should be able to find them online.
  13. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    The whole NACA to Apollo 17 story is great. From Astronauts to Mission Controllers who wrote their stories. I've felt that I've been able to relate to their stories and lives with my work.
  14. For fans of aerial photos

    Bill, this is an incredible photo. I love pictures showing the whole fair. How do I get a copy of this? If its from one of your photo CD's. Which is it , caure I want one.
  15. Chasing the Moon: American Experience on PBS

    I'll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.
  16. Probably the best six hours of television I have watched in a long time.
  17. For fans of aerial photos

    I scanned it at 4000 DPI
  18. A different angle on General Motors

    You know, if someone asked me where this photo was taken and I didn't see the luminaires, I would have said England.
  19. For fans of aerial photos

    WOW! Bill, could you tell me what is the maximum resolution you can scan this slide?
  20. For fans of aerial photos

    I would have taken more than one picture for sure!!
  21. The original was so dark the people in the background were almost invisible. Photolab did not know the meaning of the term "Quality Control".
  22. Family Phone Booth fun

    Smoke filled, cold air. Does that booth have wifi?
  23. Great shot! A little dark compared to the previous photo shoots with the shelving in the back. She could smile more too. (;
  24. You supply the caption

    "Hello Sid, yeah, I`m at the fair in one of those fancy phone booths. I peeked over into the other 2 booths, called those numbers, had them thinking they are on picture phones, described what they are wearing".
  25. For fans of aerial photos

    A little known fact. Bill flew back in time and flew his quadracopter to make this shot.
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