Return to Earth from and for The Stars
The forecast is a little tricky for the weekend. We still have the upper low and attenuating weakness in the atmosphere migrating westward. Today we will have an isolated t’storm south and east but for the most part it will be dry. Still have scattered stuff for Wed and Thu. After that, stay tuned because its a bit unsettled.
On This Date In History: President Kennedy had pledged to put a man on the moon and return him safely to earth by the end of the decade of the 1960′s. We tend to think that the pledge was fulfilled on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong took one small step for man and on giant leap for man kind. But it was really fulfilled on July 24, 1969 when the Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down in the Pacific Ocean safely. Remember, this had never been done before and no one knew if there were any alien microbes on the moon that could wipe out all of life on the planet. So, the astronauts wore special suits and had gas masks when they got off the helicopter on the deck of the USS Hornet. They then went directly to a trailer on the hanger deck of the carrier where they were quarantined for several days. No word on whether or not it was a FEMA trailer. The picture above shows President Nixon speaking to the astronauts from their home. Can’t have the Commander In Chief being exposed to green cheese bacteria.
July 24, 1959 was the day of the big “Kitchen Debate” between Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Vice President Richard Nixon. The pair were at a US Trade and Cultural Fair in Moscow and unexpectedly ran into one another at the kitchen exhibit. They then began a debate about the merits of US technology vs. Soviet technology. At the time,the Soviets were ahead on missile technology and that’s about it. You may have called it the guns vs. butter debate.
The Fallen Star: I have to admit, the only reason I recognize the name Lindsay Lohan is from all of the brushes with the law. On this date in 2007, Lohan was released on bond for charges of DUI and cocaine possession. She just finished her second stint of alcohol rehab. She just starred in a movie with Jane Fonda where Jane apparently gave her a talking to about cleaning up her act. They say that stars are held up as role models for young Americans and some people say that should not be the case as exemplified by this case. But, perhaps this is a good example for young people on the potential destructive nature of “recreational” activities. Much of what we think is “fun” in our youth turns out to be regrettably devastating later on. Fortunately, in this case, no harm was done to others but sadly, we see in the news all the time that poor decision making by one individual can lead to disaster for others and shatter entire families who otherwise would not have been connected to the misbehaving individual. Let us hope Ms. Lohan gets help and wants help. If you find yourself in a situation that you know in your heart could lead to disaster for you or others, don’t be afraid to stand up, extend a hand and accept the help that others are willing to give, before its too late.
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