Interview of the Day
Neil Armstrong Rare Interview
The Luner Module “Eagle” landed on the Moon at Tranquility Base
on July 20, 1969 at 4:18 p.m. EDT,
Neil Armstrong realized that they were heading into a field of boulders on the northeast shoulder of a crater the size of a football field. Drama was the last thing that any one had wanted. A warning light was telling him he had less than 60 seconds of fuel left, but they were close now and it was just a matter of easing themselves down. Forty seconds had passed since the sixty-second warning, and Armstrong proclaimed "The Eagle Has Landed."
For the astronauts, the landing had been the big moment of the mission. But, for the waiting world, the big moment was still to come - the first footstep.
Armstrong stood on the pad for a moment or two, testing the soil with the tip of his boot before he made the epochal "small step" proclaiming "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
With only a short time at their disposal, he and Aldrin raised an American Flag, gathered forty-seven pounds of samples, and took about one hundred color photographs. Finally they got themselves back into the spacecraft for a safe return to earth.
The Best of Yellowstone - America's National Parks
Yellowstone National Park - A vast wilderness of natural beauty
On March 1, 1872 President Ulysses Grant signed into existence the world's first national park, Yellowstone National Park. The 2.2 million acres of wilderness was "set apart as a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people."
Yellowstone's name is historically credited to the Native Americans. The name is derived from the Yellowstone River, which has high yellow rock cliffs along its banks.
In 1872 the vast wilderness of the west was viewed by most Americans as something to be tamed, to be explored, settled, mined, logged, ranched and farmed. The west was not valued for its wilderness. It is remarkable that during such an age Yellowstone was set aside as the world's first national park, clearly an illustrative indicator of how unique and magnificent Yellowstone was perceived to be, even then.
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt visited Yellowstone and was awed at the beauty and wildness of the Park. The railroads were catering to Yellowstone tourists, taking visitors by the carloads to the Park.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into existence a new government agency, the National Park Service, forever changing the administration of our national parks.
In 1917, only two years after the first automobile entered the Park, some 5000 people entered Yellowstone during the summer season.
Remembering Dean Martin
Dean Martin – Timelessly Cool
When your biographer refers to you as a classical menefreghista (pronounced meh-neh-freh-gi-stah) which is Italian for one who literally does-not-give-a-expletive, Dean Martin, the definition of Mr. Cool, needs no further introduction. Crooner, actor, comedian, film producer and a member of the legendary Rat Pack, Martin, who rubbed elbows with the likes of Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando, rose to stratospheric heights of American icon by transcending his talents through several mediums including film, stage and television.
Born in 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio a small steel-mill town located on a port off the Ohio River, Dean was raised by a Italian father and Italian-American mother, learning to speaking Abruzzese, a dialect of Italian, before learning English at school at the age of 5. Dean was bullied for his broken English during his early years and decided to drop out of high school in 10 grade because he thought he was smarter than his teachers. As a teenager, Dean bootlegged liquor, got a job as a card shark, worked in a steel mill and, at the age of 15, became a boxer calling himself “Kid Crochet”. According to Dean, he fought in 12 matches, winning in his words “all but 11 of them.” Though he didn’t earn much during his boxing days, he did earn a broken nose, a scarred lip, broken knuckles, and bruised body. Dean befriended and roomed with Sonny King, who introduced him to comedian Jerry Lewis.
Martin and Lewis, would go on to team up together, reaching superstardom with films such as At War with the Army (1950). But it didn’t start out that way. Martin and Lewis’s debut at Atlantic City’s 500 Club in 1946 was ill-received, so bad was their first act that the club owner threatened to fire them if they didn’t come with a better act for their second show. The duo regrouped, performing an array of ad-libbed songs and skits that had the audience roaring with laughter by the end of it. They eventually built up their success with a series of well-paid gigs and eventually landed on television’s Ed Sullivan Show. Martin and Lewis would eventually break up after over 10 years together and although critics predicted Lewis’s star power to rise and Martin’s to fade, the opposite happened.
Martin became a true superstar, achieving solo success for his roles in the Young Lions (1958) with Marlon Brand and Montgomery Clift and Some Came Running (1958) with Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine. In 1965, Martin transitioned to television by hosting one of the most successful TV series in history with The Dean Martin Show which lasted in 1973. During that time, he skewered all-time greats such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, James Stewart and more, earning a Golden Globe Award for his efforts. Martin stayed out of the limelight through the 1980s and when his beloved son Dean “Dino” Paul Martin was killed in a plane crash in 1987, Martin was devastated by the loss of his son, and never fully recovering from it. He died on Christmas Day in 1995.