It was 45 years ago last Sunday when Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Sadly, The Bee chose to ignore the anniversary.
One of humanity's greatest accomplishments spawned a generation of advances in not only new, sunrise technologies, but it also affirmed America's preeminent leadership position in the world.
Locally, Aerojet built the main engine for the Apollo Command/Service Module, as well as other key components. In a 1994 story, Bee writer Paul Schnitt referenced four rocket scientists who, one late night in the mid-1960s, were stopped for speeding along Old Folsom Boulevard. When the cop asked what they were thinking, one replied, "How we can best get to Mars."
That's the collective spirit of exceptionalism that influenced a generation. Perhaps The Bee will recognize the value of this achievement at the 50th anniversary in July, 2019.
-- Michael Marando, Carmichael