Do Something Appropriate

 

The world of Apollo 8 was in some ways very different than the world in which we find ourselves today; in others, not so much.  In 1968 there was war, same as today.  Then there was civil strife, same as today.  But the men of Apollo were forged in the crucible of the Depression and World War.  They were daring and brilliant.  They went about their astronaut business with drive and returned from space to pick up where they left off.

I know there are many here who have far more knowledge of the space program than I do. I have the love of Apollo forged by new color televisions and Major Matt Mason, Mattel’s Man in Space. Yet the tiny fraternity of men who traveled to the moon is getting smaller. Last week, Ken Mattingly died. Yesterday, Frank Borman died.

Frank Borman helped save Apollo by working to solve the issues raised by the tragedy of Apollo 1. He was Commander of the Apollo 8 mission. He followed in the footsteps of aviation pioneer Eddie Rickenbacker at Eastern Airlines. But for me, his greatest achievement was his broadcast from a speeding craft circling the moon. Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were the first men to see the surface of the moon. Anders took the iconic photos of the earth rising. But when the live television broadcast from the moon was discussed, the only guidance Borman received was from Julian Scheer, a public relations official from NASA: “Do something appropriate.”

There was never a more appropriate broadcast than that Christmas Eve, 1968.

Frank Borman was 95. Godspeed, Commander.

Published in Science & Technology
This post was promoted to the Main Feed at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Join Ricochet for Free.

There are 10 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. Susan Quinn Member
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Still gives me chills…

    • #1
  2. Matt Bartle Member
    Matt Bartle
    @MattBartle

    I remember watching that. And I had a Major Matt Mason and Captain Laser.

    • #2
  3. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Matt Bartle (View Comment):

    I remember watching that. And I had a Major Matt Mason and Captain Laser.

    The coolest thing about Major Matt Mason was that the crawler/tractor thing would “downshift” when going up an incline.

    • #3
  4. Mike Rapkoch Member
    Mike Rapkoch
    @MikeRapkoch

    Borman was a very quiet soul. I had no idea that he’d lived here in Billings for the past 20 years. He shunned the limelight, proving that he followed the rule of St. Bernard of Clairvaux: The three most important virtues are humility, humility, and humility.

    • #4
  5. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
    9thDistrictNeighbor
    @9thDistrictNeighbor

    Mike Rapkoch (View Comment):

    Borman was a very quiet soul. I had no idea that he’d lived here in Billings for the past 20 years. He shunned the limelight, proving that he followed the rule of St. Bernard of Clairvaux: The three most important virtues are humility, humility, and humility.

    Jim Lovell and his family are the same way.  His son, Jay, has a small restaurant, and from time to time he comes in.  I can’t imagine the things they felt and saw as they journeyed among the stars.

    • #5
  6. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Nobody has “journeyed among the stars” yet.

    • #6
  7. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
    9thDistrictNeighbor
    @9thDistrictNeighbor

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Nobody has “journeyed among the stars” yet.

    Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?  ~Robert Browning

    • #7
  8. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist
    @WesternChauvinist

    Wonderful! And exceedingly appropriate. 

    • #8
  9. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
    @JimmyCarter

    That video was My first post Here at Ricochet on Dec. 25, 2010.

    • #9
  10. CACrabtree Coolidge
    CACrabtree
    @CACrabtree

    I still remember that Madalyn Murray O’Hair sued NASA because of that Bible reading.  

    O’Hair would fit right in with today’s crop of wingnuts.

    • #10
Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.