KATHLEEN Armstrong became emotional on the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon yesterday.
KATHLEEN Armstrong became emotional on the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon yesterday. Tweed Daily News/Crystal Spencer

Moon walk memories

WATCHING a replay of man's first walk on the moon is an emotional experience for Kathleen Armstrong.

Not only because it is one of the most memorable moments in human history, but also because Mrs Armstrong had such a great time back in 1969.

To mark the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first walk on the moon yesterday, the Tweed Daily News went searching for a local “Armstrong” and found Kathleen at Kingscliff.

“I am no relation to Neil,” Mrs Armstrong laughed yesterday, adding she gained the name through marriage.

But she does rate watching the moon-landing as a 16-year-old at Gymea Technical College in Cronulla as a special experience.

“I felt like I was blessed to be able to watch it live,” Mrs Armstrong said.

There was huge hype surrounding the moon-walk, according to Mrs Armstrong and the students all crowded in to the classroom to watch the historic moment.

She described the feeling in the room at the time as “elation”.

“And I was lucky because mum and dad had a black and white television, so I was able to go home and watch it again.”

Mrs Armstrong said she became emotional watching the moon-landing again because of all the memories it stirred up.

“It was a great time, 1969 ... to watch it again is quite emotional. It almost brings a tear to my eye.”

“It brings back memories of all the good times, it was groovy.”

She said there were only a few events during her life that compare.

One was Cathy Freeman winning gold in the 400m at the Sydney Olympics and Maurice Greene's win in the 100m. Another moment was Australia's win in the America's Cup.

“But I suppose nothing really compares to walking on the moon.”

Back in 1969
  • Rupert Murdoch buys News of the World. Led Zeppelin I released.
  • The Beatles give their last public performance.
  • Brisbane trams cease operating after 84 years.
  • Huge protests against the Vietnam War.
  • Woodstock festival held.


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