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50 Years ago this month we landed on the moon! (old car related)

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I was getting ready to start my senior year of high school and I remember this very well. After all the problems here with Vietnam and racial tensions we all came together to watch this tremendous accomplishment. I clearly remember our whole family (9 counting parents) watching this on our black and white TV (our only TV) and feeling a tremendous sense of pride in our country that we had actually beat the Russians to the moon. USA! USA! :)

 

It was also the same week as the Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick incident unfortunately. 

 

I went to the store back then and bought a copy of the Chicago Sun-Times and saved it for 50 years and was recently looking through some of the car ads and there were some pretty good deals as you can imagine. If we could only find cars at these prices now....

 

 

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Thanks for posting.  You pretty much summed up that period of time in my life.  We must be close to the same age. 

 

If I had a time machine I would go back and buy all those cars. That Grand Spaulding Dodge ad brings back a lot of memories for this old Tennessee boy.  They advertised all the time on WLS, the best radio station we could get back then. We could only pick it up at night but we still loved it. 

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Just for fun, I carry a 1967 Hemmings Motor News in my 34 Ford Glove box.  "Ifonlyida" says it all, but I tried.
 

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Fun thing is that I was there (had a new 67 Camaro with 327/4speed/gauges/AC that I autocrossed A Lot). Grand for a newish 190SL sounds about right, was a common graduation present for girls. Note that back then a "Sport Coupe" cost less than a four door.

 

Guess even then was building "resto-mods". Rules were a lot different then, more "run what you brung". Funny thing, drag trophies were always a lot bigger than autocross...

Removed the rear seat to make a load floor, did that to the current DD also. BTW headlights were Lucas PLs and driving lights were halogen Cibies that were brought back from Europe. Only sealed beams were legal then so was careful not to hit any cars with them (except those who would not dim)

 

ps the astute reader will realize that wide ovals/wide boots did not exist then. Those are Blue Streaks (said the rules were different...)

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The moon landing occurred on my birthday, July 20th so it’s easy for me to remember the date.  I too was entering my senior year of high school that September, graduating in the class of 1970.  I am sure the space program influenced my decision to choose engineering as my area of study in college.  As much as I like being a grease monkey, nothing could compare to what was happening in the race for space.

 

It is bittersweet to have those memories along with the loss of so many people my age in Vietnam.  For as successful as the US was in space the mire of the war sure took away from the celebration of accomplishment.  Several years ago I bought a new backpacking tent from REI as it was highly rated for its construction.  When I unpacked it and saw the country of manufacture was Vietnam I could not help to think of the irony of the whole war effort.  I almost packed it up to send it back.  I guess that was why many could not understand buying things from Germany and Japan if they lived through WWII.  Memories are sure a mixed emotion.

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I had just come back to the states after two tours in the WESTPAC when my former ship, the USS Arlington AGMR 2 participated in the Apollo 11 recovery. I was part of the Apollo 8 recovery when the did the drive by.

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We performed a man-the-rail, saluted the astronauts, and got to see the capsule on the carrier deck. Back then we were the world's mobile command center .

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Exciting stuff for a 20 year old.

 

Here's 11 just before the splash.

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Bernie

 

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I would definitely pay $500 for a straight axle '57 Chevy hot rod...with an OLDS engine in it!! Just think of the reaction from the Chevy crowd! Priceless.

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I'd take the 60 Chevy convertible with 348 and 3-2s and Buckets for $350.......😫

 

My first car was $15. Paid cash.🤣

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33 minutes ago, Frank DuVal said:

I'd take the 60 Chevy convertible with 348 and 3-2s and Buckets for $350.......😫

 

My first car was $15. Paid cash.🤣

In 1970, first car 1951 Pontiac Chieftan  two tone green,4 dr with sun visor, bumper guards, fender skirts, straight 8 auto trans.  Price $100.

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Here's a few more. Check out the United Airlines ad for kitchen help. They must have an eighth grade education.... :D

 

And Bert Weinman has a '59 Caddy for $195....

 

 

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I can remember the day because my Grandfather had passed away and that night my father, uncle and myself had the "nightshift" at the funeral home.  Back in those day, at least down in Tennessee, the funeral home stayed open all night the day of the viewing and some family members were expected to be there.  We all took "shifts".

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Great Stuff! Thanks for posting it.

 

When we moved from The Bronx out to Long Island in 1968, about 5 miles from Grumman Aviation. I was in the Boy Scouts and we went on a tour of the facility. Part of the tour was we were able to go to an observation area and look down through windows at the assembly of the Lunar Module. I remember the Scout Master telling us "you are looking at one of the biggest pieces of history through that window, you will never forget it" He was right! It looked like an operating room, everyone working was dressed in what appeared to be surgical gowns. With different colored hats designating the crew that they were part of, electrical, mechanical hydraulic, and so on.

 

Something I just found out a year or two ago. Down the road from Grumman is a famous old restaurant called the Millerage Inn, outside the entrance to the bar portion of the restaurant next to the door is a bronze plaque just stating "Tranquility Base." Apparently after the Lunar Module part of the mission was complete and jettisoned away from the command module, the Grumman portion of the mission was complete and the engineers went there to celebrate their success. One of our neighbors was an engineer involved with the project and was issued a replica of the original patch worn by the crew, which he gave to me. I still have the entire set, now they are reproduced    

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3 minutes ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

Lebowski,  You are going to make a fellow old WTHS Grad cry.

 

I truly wish I would have been able to attend Waukegan but my dad made me go to Carmel HS for Boys in Mundelein which absolutely sucked.... :angry:

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2 hours ago, Lebowski said:

 

I truly wish I would have been able to attend Waukegan but my dad made me go to Carmel HS for Boys in Mundelein which absolutely sucked.... :angry:

That’s right, you did mention that before. I forgot. The Elderly, you know how we are.

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I was doing archaeology in Israel. I was 19. We watched the landing outside on a 14" black and white TV with maybe 200 other folks, mostly Israelis. The landing was at 3 or so in the morning. While quite patriotic I was never an over the top flag waving patriot yet when the landing happened a spontaneous cheer erupted from the crowd and I was never more proud to be an American. Brings chills to me just thinking about it. 

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All this talk about the moon landing and not a word about the single most person responsible for us getting there.

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Still in high school I and two of my younger  brothers scrounged parts from three 1950s televisions to be able to watch  the landing.

At the time I was daily looking through the "THRIFTY" section (autos  $25 and under) in the St. Paul newspaper for cars to flip.

My first car cost me $5,  I moved up to the more expensive $25 cars quickly but they weren't really any better than the first one.

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One of the coolest records I have found was Walter Cronkites live broadcast of the moon landing. Both my parents were under ten when that happens but it gives me a feel for what it must have been like. 

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I think I heard that on Sunday 7/14 at 11:30 AM eastern CBS is going to replay Cronkite's call of the launch. Looking back it was the second biggest historical event I ever witnessed in my life.

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I was 20, I worked at a printing company at the time.

Myself and everyone I worked with were at a golf tournament that day.

Watched it in the 19th hole.

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Married two weeks - just back from using Mini-Moke rental car for honeymoon in St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix.

Back to reality in New Orleans with new 1969 Pontiac Custom"S", new job in hospital data center administration, weekends fishing, swimming, waterskiing at Grand Isle, LA, learning my way through our Citroen DS-21-

Getting involved with local antique car clubs (AACA, HCCA)

 

1969 was an amazing time -

 

Years later I watched the 1994 movie "PONTIAC MOON" about the moon landing while the main character takes his son to the national park where topography allowed our astronauts to prepare for the actual moon landing. 

As the 1969 Apollo moon landing draws near, a teacher (played by Ted Danson) takes his young son on a symbolic journey in a 1959 Pontiac convertible, exactly like my first "Driver"  to a national park - CRATERS OF THE MOON. Once they have set off, the man's wife, (played by his real-life wife Mary Steenburgen) faces her fears and decides to leave the house for the first time in seven years to join them. She drives an Amphicar in the film.

 

Dale and I drove our 1941 Cadillac convertible and visited Craters of the Moon National Park last September on the Glidden Tour.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Pontiac-Moon-Ted-Danson/dp/B009NX1C16

 

https://www.amazon.com/Pontiac-Moon-Widescreen-Ted-Danson/dp/B0000UJLUK

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We moved from our apartment in Brooklyn to our brand-new house in the wilds of Staten Island the day before the lunar landing.  We were driving back to Brooklyn the following day to turn-in our apartment key and listened to the landing as it happened on the radio in our '65 Coronet.

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There is a big reunion party going in a Cape Kennedy for the 50th Anniversary.  We know two

couples going that both worked on the Apollo & Space Shuttle projects.  Both long time old car guys too.

We watched in on TV as college students just out of the Air Force.

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1 hour ago, Marty Roth said:

Married two weeks - just back from using Mini-Moke rental car for honeymoon in St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix.

Back to reality in New Orleans with new 1969 Pontiac Custom"S"

 

I was down your way for basic training at Fort Polk in early 1971. I was lucky to get out of there in April because I heard a lot of bad things about the heat and humidity down there in the summer.... :)

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