Where Were You? | Remembering the Moon Landing 50 Years Later

PHOTO: Kasper Tobias | SouthPasadenan.com News | Senior Jolyn Loomis reminisces about the day when she first saw man step on the moon

The Moon Landing was arguably one of the most iconic feats of humankind not just this past century, but in our entire existence. To have witnessed the monumental occasion with one’s own eyes live surely must’ve been a revelatory experience.

Though many of us may not have had the privilege to see the momentous visual of man stepping foot on another celestial object, fortunately there are those who still remember it almost as vividly as the day it happened.

The SouthPasadenan sat with several of our town’s local seniors to hear their recollections of where they were at the time of this great historical milestone, so that we may live vicariously through their stories.

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Jolyn Loomis

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“I was in my home, with my grandmother. We watched it on television, which was, you know, live. Not like the back lot of Universal (Studios), like a lot of people say (laughs).”

What was the first thing that came to your mind when you saw them walking on the Moon?

“Just what an amazing feat it was- I mean we just sat there, mesmerized as we were watching the T.V., because it was something we never would have dreamed would happen and it happened!”


Cynthia Patricia Lopez

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“I was at my Aunt’s house with my cousin Lorraine. My Aunt was fascinated as well as everybody else that was around the television. (My cousin and I ) were just kind of walking in and out because we were probably on our way to a club on Sunset. But I just remember looking at it and going ‘WHOAH’”

Were you thinking of all the possibilities after seeing that? Like was Mars next?

“Oh yeah, I was thinking that way out in the year 2050 we’re going to see people living there in colonies. My cousin and I were thinking ‘ People are going to go to the Moon, to live!’”


Joan Pantano

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“We were in the living room, watching every minute of it, it was absolutely incredible. It’s hard to believe that it was 50 years ago!” 

What do you suppose the next frontier might be? Mars or perhaps another moon?

“Yeah, I suppose it would be another moon. I can’t imagine Mars, it’s just beyond comprehension. “ 


George Holmes

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“I think I was at home sitting on the couch, watching T.V., listening to Walter Cronkite – I remember that!

“I was really excited that we were entering a new frontier in space travel, I was looking forward to going to other planets! I thought that this was the beginning of some ‘Star Wars’ type of adventures. “

Do you think there’s still a possibility that it may happen?

“I wish it would happen, of course its gotta happen soon! (laughs)”