[ExI] 48th anniversary of apollo 10

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri May 19 09:38:03 UTC 2017

On 19 May 2017 at 01:37, spike wrote:
> Here are some fun photos of an event that I still remember:
> http://www.space.com/36886-apollo-10-nasa-moon-landing-rehearsal-mission-in-photos.html?utm_source=notification
> I was nearly finished with third grade.  My uncle had a part time job
> delivering “newspapers” (younger people among us, ask your parents (they
> were hardcopy of yesterday’s news.))
> My mother, ever the entrepreneur, noted hundreds of tourists lining US1
> along the Indian River to watch the launch and came up with an idea.  The
> Star Advocate (Titusville Florida) had a special edition, all about the
> mission (most of it fluff about the astronauts actually (which most of the
> locals knew was a bunch of BS (but the tourists didn’t))) so she bought
> several hundred copies and took my brother and me down to the river, sent us
> out to sell them for 20 cents each.
> My sales were slow, until I realized I would have to sell my dignity and
> shout advertising, like the paperboys in the old-time movies.  No kidding,
> it was either that or walk away with my dignity intact and very little
> profit.  So, I wound up and put some diaphragm behind it.  Almost
> immediately I was surrounded by elderly tourists wanting this special
> edition newspaper, and most of them let me keep the extra nickel.
> We sold the pile of newspapers but I walked away with most of the sales.  I
> made more money than my 8 yr old self knew what to do with.  Fond memories
> of a misspent childhood are these.

Yea, you were rich!  :)
25 cents in 1969 would be worth about 1.70 USD in 2017. So you had the
equivalent of several hundred dollars in today's funny money.


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