Time it Was
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“Time it was and what a time it was..”
I heard those Simon and Garfunkle lyrics as I watched the Space Shuttle blast off this weekend on a mission to service the Space Station, a part for the station’s broken toilet in the cargo bay.
Mr. Nielsen: what is your rating for viewership when it is two people watching: me and Miles O’Brien from CNN? And, er.um…one is the network correspondent?
It was the first time the Shuttle could be seen blasting off in High Definition television. Click. I’m there with camera.
“A time of innocence a time of confidences….”
I was 24, living in San Francisco, working in Richmond, California as a Vocational Counselor for the Department of Social Services. It was July, 1969.
I put my small Sony black and white 13 inch TV in my blue mustang and drove to work over the Oakland Bay Bridge on a brilliant sunny day with my donuts, coffee and cigarettes. I didn’t inhale. No kidding. Me and Bill. I took a left after getting off the bridge and drove 15 minutes to Richmond.
I got to work and with my raincoat draped over the TV, I went to my cubicle where I interviewed. Someone was waiting for me in the lobby. The moon landing was too. I plugged in the TV. I went and got the woman waiting. She had five kids and no job.
“Sit right down, make yourself comfortable. But, we gotta watch Walter Cronkite right now, if you don’t mind, because WE are landing on the moon. On the MOON for God’s sake!”
I gave her a glazed donut, we shared my coffee and I felt sorry because she had the absolute worst career counselor on this day in 1969.
She did not go home with a job but if she and her five kids looked up into the sky that night, as I did, along with millions of others on planet earth, we all saw the same thing–yes, the lunar disc or crescent–but we also saw for a brief moment (gulp) we saw America.
“Time it was it was a time it was. Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you..”
©Pat Coakley 2008
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