In JFK’s 1961 inaugural speech, when he promised “we choose to go to the moon in this decade,” the oldest Boomers, depending on where they lived, were either in their last year of junior high or high school freshmen.
In 1969, when the moon landing actually happened, the youngest Boomers were in kindergarten.
At both ends of the generation, it was memorable.
Tomorrow night, capping a week long schedule of gala events, the National Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with NASA, performs a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 moon landing with what’s being described as a momentous concert: “One Small Step, One Giant Leap,” staged at Washington DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Highlights include a never before seen music video of David Bowie performing “Space Oddity” live at Madison Square Garden for his 50th birthday concert (1997).
Below is the original that appeared just three years after Neil Armstrong took that “one small step.”