Blitz Blog: Bloody Technology!

View from the Bottom

One sunny day in July 1969 I filed into the curtained Big Hall with my classmates to sit cross legged on the parquet floor and gaze up at the Television on it’s tall stand. It was huge and shrouded with an unfolded glare screen to combat reflections which still interfered with the image even though the curtains reduced the ambient light to a stifled gloom. We were there to see a repeat of the first steps on the Moon. We listened spellbound to the commentary and I squinted at the screen but could make no sense of the haphazard pattern of light and dark that spread across the glass. I remember being furious that I couldn’t see Neil and Buzz especially as I was a space nut, saving my Campbell’s Soup labels to get the free set of full colour posters of the mission. I hated soup. I was grateful…

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