I was up at the ass crack of dawn yesterday morning to drive three in near zero-visibility condition to Barrie, Ontario to teach sales tactics to people who, for the most part, looked like they would have rather been just about anywhere else but in a classroom learning how to simply be nice.
The trials of a traveling trainer.
This morning was another early morning rise and shine for the purpose of completing 20 x 100m speed intervals in the pool which was, basically, about as much fun as having hot lava poured down your pants. Now, I’m sitting here in my basement office fielding calls and I’m so excited I could just drop my pants and fire a rocket..NOT! I’m opting then for something soothing, relaxing and almost white-noise like to listen to as background noise in an effort to stay awake and not verbally loose my shit on the next numbskull that asks me a stupid question.
So, speaking of “rockets”, that choice then just happens to be the ‘Footsteps On the Moon: The Epic Flight of Apollo 11‘.
This record has been sitting in my “To Get To…” pile for probably over a year now. I mean, really, when is the perfect time to listen to the “actual authentic sounds and voices of mankind’s historic leap into space”?
Well, today is that day.
Bascially, the album features the voices of ABC News hosts Frank Reynolds and Science Editor Jules Bergman, in the coverage of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins eight day mission to the Moon on July 16th to July 24th, 1969. Side One features some dramatic intro music by Wagner combined with inspirational snippets from JFK and Richard Nixon before switching to the actual recording of the Apollo lift off at Cape Kennedy, Florida and the flight status reports from “Mission Control” based in Houston, Texas. There are also snippets from Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins themselves from inside the the shuttle on such interesting topics as “a little housekeeping” to “the cuisine in space”. Most amazing of all is the account of Armstrong descending down the ladder of the lunar module and his first description of the moon and his first footsteps as he does so. This is the famous “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” moment as it transpires.
Side Two featuring Bergman’s interview with Dr. Werner Von Braun, German rocket engineer (and Nazi no less!) that developed the Saturn V rocket is less as exciting but is still interesting nonetheless. But you can distract yourself during this part by leafing through all the amazingly cool black and white photos from the flight inside the album cover.
I did anyway.
I think I found this album in some corner milk crate at a record fair in Rochester, New York last year…maybe two year ago? I don’t remember. The price tag tells me though I spent exactly $4.00 and it was likely intended to fill out our Cornball collection of odd and off-the-wall albums. I probably thought that HRH might even get a kick out of it as well given it’s significance to history n’ all but, well, she’ll have to wait for another time I guess.