Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02)
The year was 1969. Nixon was sworn in as president; Vietnam was coming to an end; and Americans were divided on almost every social issue of the time. The Manson murders, Chappaquiddick and Woodstock topped the news. Beatle mania took the US by storm, John and Yoko led the hippie haze; Merle Haggardís ìOkie from Muskogeeî hit Billboardís #1; ìLaugh-Inî and ìGunsmokeî were the most watched television shows; and Barbara Streisand took home the Oscar for Best Actress in ìFunny Girl.î It was a year of generation defining events.
But as the divided decade came to an end, Americans were united in a seemingly unbelievable quest. On July 20, 1969, I was sitting xxxÖÖ..
With the world glued to television sets in every home, school, church and auditorium we could fill, we watched the unbelievable unfold before our eyes and those famous words became seared in our memories: Houston, the Eagle has landed.
At 3:17pm Houston time, Neil Armstrong became the first name to set foot on the moon. At that very moment, a country divided came together. In the ìRace to Space,î the United States had become the first to put a man on the moon.
You see, ìHoustonî was the first word the world heard when we put a man on the moon ñ not ìMoscow,î ìBejing,î or ìTehran.î
And that's just the way it is.