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(The Atlantic)   As an American company launches men into orbit for the first time in nearly a decade, Sherman, set the WABAC machine to the 60s oppostion to the "Moondoggle"   (theatlantic.com) divider line
    More: Vintage, Apollo 11, Space exploration, Moon, Neil Armstrong, American space program, Apollo program, NASA, sociologist Amitai Etzioni  
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2020-05-30 7:15:47 PM  
A rat done bit my sister Nell
 
2020-05-30 8:03:27 PM  
I'm old enough to remember the 60s. Today, I clicked on a link to a local TV station covering the Space-X launch. The launch was over so the link went to a live feed of protests. And then I remembered.

The huge civil unrest in the 60s was a jarring contrast to the space program. Even 10-year old me could see that. We could do so much and yet we were doing so little. Not much has changed.
 
2020-05-30 8:10:59 PM  
I thought it was spelled "Wayback", as in, let's go waaay back to that time Mr Peabody and his boy Sherman did that thing.
 
2020-05-30 8:11:38 PM  
We didn't discuss crazy people in polite company back then.  Because they're...  well...  I don't know how to put this.

They're crazy.
 
2020-05-30 8:13:29 PM  

edmo: I'm old enough to remember the 60s. Today, I clicked on a link to a local TV station covering the Space-X launch. The launch was over so the link went to a live feed of protests. And then I remembered.

The huge civil unrest in the 60s was a jarring contrast to the space program. Even 10-year old me could see that. We could do so much and yet we were doing so little. Not much has changed.


Gil Scott-Heron - Whitey On the Moon (Official Audio)
Youtube goh2x_G0ct4
 
2020-05-30 8:42:52 PM  
Moondog?
upload.wikimedia.orgView Full Size
 
2020-05-30 9:05:33 PM  
People today rarely talk about the black space program.

Documentary film: Black Astronauts & NASSA
Youtube bq7gkQ7UkzI
 
2020-05-30 9:32:21 PM  

Albert911emt: I thought it was spelled "Wayback", as in, let's go waaay back to that time Mr Peabody and his boy Sherman did that thing.


No, it's WABAC as a 1960s pun on computer-names: ENIAC, ILLIAC, &c.  Yes, it's pronounced way-back, but it's a pun, remember?
 
2020-05-30 10:07:08 PM  

Albert911emt: I thought it was spelled "Wayback", as in, let's go waaay back to that time Mr Peabody and his boy Sherman did that thing.


I've seen it both ways.  I always assumed it was 'Wayback', for the same reasons you did.

Given that it seems to never have been shown in writing on the show, but only as an audio pronunciation, the only authoritative source might be any surviving scripts - and even then, it wouldn't surprise me if they were inconsistent.
 
2020-05-30 10:08:39 PM  
Re: the "Moondoggle"; one of the concommitants of a free society is the freedom to be completely wrong.  Sadly.
 
2020-05-30 10:16:51 PM  
Wait. This isn't about Frankie Avalon?
 
2020-05-30 10:32:04 PM  

lindalouwho: Wait. This isn't about Frankie Avalon?


lindalouwho, thank you for just existing!

/I'm still riding high from today's launch, so I'm watching my DVD of 'To Fly!' (the IMAX demo film / documentary they used to christen the IMAX theater in the National Air and Space Museum way back when).

That, and my 'Director's Cut' DVD of the first ever Shuttle launch.
 
2020-05-30 10:40:27 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: lindalouwho: Wait. This isn't about Frankie Avalon?

lindalouwho, thank you for just existing!

/I'm still riding high from today's launch, so I'm watching my DVD of 'To Fly!' (the IMAX demo film / documentary they used to christen the IMAX theater in the National Air and Space Museum way back when).

That, and my 'Director's Cut' DVD of the first ever Shuttle launch.


*puts hands behind back, digs toe into dirt*

Aw shucks, thank you.

Glad you had a good evening, I watched Despicable Me 2 tonight, nice decompression. I, too, watched the launch. Amazing and beautiful, just beautiful.
 
2020-05-30 10:58:41 PM  

lindalouwho: Wait. This isn't about Frankie Avalon?


I thought it was about James Darren.
 
2020-05-30 11:04:22 PM  
Fun fact: Kennedy wanted a giant project to find water for the world, which would have probably been more beneficial in the long run. But, politicians convinced him we needed to beat the commies to the moon, because that would prove something.
 
2020-05-30 11:45:33 PM  
Given that many in the government wanted an Apollo program that would land, quickly takeoff, and declare victory the opposition had a point. It was a miracle that  NASA was able to do as much science as it did. Indeed robots today could not even remotely do the science that Apollo 15, 16, and 17 did. On the other hand the rush to make JFK's deadline made the program much more expensive than it should have been. That much of the support was for the wrong reason of merely beating the Russians did not help. Thus the program was unsustainable.
 
2020-05-30 11:57:46 PM  

Polish Hussar: lindalouwho: Wait. This isn't about Frankie Avalon?

I thought it was about James Darren.


Dr. Tony Newman of Project Tic-Toc?

What's he got to do with Frankie Avalon?
 
2020-05-30 11:59:36 PM  

lindalouwho: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: lindalouwho: Wait. This isn't about Frankie Avalon?

lindalouwho, thank you for just existing!

/I'm still riding high from today's launch, so I'm watching my DVD of 'To Fly!' (the IMAX demo film / documentary they used to christen the IMAX theater in the National Air and Space Museum way back when).

That, and my 'Director's Cut' DVD of the first ever Shuttle launch.

*puts hands behind back, digs toe into dirt*

Aw shucks, thank you.

Glad you had a good evening, I watched Despicable Me 2 tonight, nice decompression. I, too, watched the launch. Amazing and beautiful, just beautiful.


I just put on 'Phantom From Outer Space'.
 
2020-05-31 9:27:12 AM  

stuhayes2010: Fun fact: Kennedy wanted a giant project to find water for the world, which would have probably been more beneficial in the long run. But, politicians convinced him we needed to beat the commies to the moon, because that would prove something.


Water for the world sounds sooooo nice, but it's actually cheap to achieve, and easy: https://www.theregister.com/201​5/07/31​/how_much_of_one_years_californian_ene​rgy_use_would_wipe_out_the_drought/

So, the reason there's still drought on Earth is the same reason there are no humans on Mars: PANIC SELLERS

Coal plants have spewed out more radiation than hundreds of Orion launches in the past 55 years, yet no widespread radiation poisoning has been traced. But OH NOES THE NEUTRONS

There is a Crew Dragon and a space station. I'll take that and try to soothe my angry, flaming limbic system.
 
2020-05-31 11:02:37 AM  
Fine, I'll do it

Inside Llewyn Davis - Please Mr. Kennedy
Youtube lSwO-k-RqNA
 
2020-05-31 11:59:01 AM  

Polish Hussar: lindalouwho: Wait. This isn't about Frankie Avalon?

I thought it was about James Darren.


;) You were paying attention.

Seventeenth paragraph (mostly short paragraphs, but so you don't have to read it all).
 
2020-05-31 12:00:19 PM  
 
2020-06-01 8:03:28 AM  

Albert911emt: I thought it was spelled "Wayback", as in, let's go waaay back to that time Mr Peabody and his boy Sherman did that thing.


It is a play on how they used to name computers back then (EDVAC, ENIAC, etc.)
 
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