Yes, I’m old… I was sitting in a bar in Rome on the Via Veneto when this happened.
We had hijacked a man and his daughter off the street to translate the Italian TV for us, and they sat there for four or five hours translating for us. I think we gave him something like $200-300 for translating.
The other thing I remember is walking back to the pensione we were staying at early that morning was that every store that had a TV had it in the front window, and we probably saw a thousand people crowding around them.
I picked this paper up July 21, 1969, and somehow have held on to it.
And no, I didn’t draw the KEDS on the sole of the boot… sigh…
The takeaway for the kids out there is that this was done WITHOUT computers. Slipsticks, elegant math, and skull sweat made it all work.
Sadly, now 50 years later, we can’t get back there, have lost our space capability, and NASA has to fight tooth and nail for maintenance funding… Sigh