Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Moon Landing Anniversary

This William Safire column from an older moon landing anniversary is worth the read. It, interestingly, notes that the anniversary of the moon landing is also the anniversary of Chappaquiddick. Who knew?
In the long reach of history, the moon landing will be a milestone and Chappaquiddick a footnote, but in the effect on this generation the reverse is true. The moon walk was a spike of triumph for mankind (we'd have to say humankind now), but the death of Senator Kennedy's passenger prevented him from being President of the United States from 1976 to 1984, with all the difference in national direction a Kennedy restoration would have meant.
And it even has a grammar element (read the article to find it). What more could you want?


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