When the Apollo 11 left earth on July 16th, I went into labor with our first child, Nathaniel Carson. He was born July 17th. I was home from the hospital in time to see the moon landing on July 20th. We were married in October of 1968, both students at BYU.
We knew about the moon shot and the coming show, Sesame Street so we saved for months to buy a television so we could watch this. We bought an 8 inch black and white tv that cost us $90. But we were ready to watch.
My husband grew up in Salt Lake City reading and watching Buck Rogers. I grew up watching Twilight Zone and learning about the astronauts. We lived in Virginia and my best friend's father worked for NASA. She and I would hang out in the Mercury capsules yard sitting on the used capsules and thinking about space.
Our son turns 50 in July. His son is named after Kepler.
1968 and 1969 was a trying time. I was student teaching and then substitute teaching until our son was born. We worried about the war in Vietnam and the draft. We worked part time jobs because we were students. The moon landing was a thrilling moment in time.