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The Night We Got The Dog Drunk

A LASTING MEMORY FROM THE APOLLO 11 LANDING WAS WATCHING OUR DOG RECOVER FROM A CHAMPAGNE HANGOVER ON MONDAY JULY 21st.

My parents hosted a neighborhood moon landing party. TVs were playing in four different rooms and the house was jammed with their friends and neighbors. There was a huge buffet and a lot of champagne.

Neil Armstrong did not step on the moon until 10:56 PM (east coast time), four hours after the lunar module landed. The party went into high gear and continued for a couple of hours.

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My brother and I were working the party as indentured teenagers. As the relief of a successful walk on the moon filled the home, we decided to share the joy (and the champagne) with our dog, Brutus. He loved parties and enthusiastically lapped up the bubbly.

I am sure many people were late to work that Monday morning. We were tasked with cleaning up the house and the dog’s vomit.

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  • George C.

    Neighborhood parties must have been the thing!

    We were also at a party, as we were all gathering in the living room to watch the landing, so were the storm clouds outside. One loud crash and wham! NO POWER!!!!

    Rushed phone calls were made, closest relative’s house with power identified, mad dash in car through storm to the Aunt’s house, and arrived just in time to witness history.

  • George C.

    Neighborhood parties must have been the thing!

    We were also at a party, as we were all gathering in the living room to watch the landing, so were the storm clouds outside. One loud crash and wham! NO POWER!!!!

    Rushed phone calls were made, closest relative’s house with power identified, mad dash in car through storm to the Aunt’s house, and arrived just in time to witness history.

  • B. Morgan

    My Dad worked on the lander program and designed and built the fuel control valves for the LEM lander.(we still have the valve) He joked that if the landing or takeoff rocket failed to fire he was moving to South America. I was in the army at the time and the CO of my company assembled us late at night and announced the landing.

  • B. Morgan

    My Dad worked on the lander program and designed and built the fuel control valves for the LEM lander.(we still have the valve) He joked that if the landing or takeoff rocket failed to fire he was moving to South America. I was in the army at the time and the CO of my company assembled us late at night and announced the landing.