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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.