President Bush flipped America's space energy with his remarks that we should continue our space efforts; the public responded for and against.
Some were disgusting.
Remember the Apollo 8? It went into orbit around the moon early on Christmas Eve back in 1968. Then, on the third orbit, Colonel Frank Borman, the astronaut commander, radioed this prayer from space: "Give us, O God, the vision which can see Thy love in the world in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust Thy goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts, and show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace. Amen."
Some don't remember; some don't care; but many had their heartbeat woven tightly inside their chest.
It was pride. It was America's greatness. It was the love for our country.
We need those types of human endeavors to bring our people back together and just to see the greatness about us. It's just a great feeling for all.
I just retired from the military service early that year, and my wife, Clara, was a senior electronic planner for McDonnell Douglas, working on space projects. That was a great year for both of us, and a great thing for America. Yes, America needs the wanderlust activities to keep us feeling good about our selves, our people, and our country.
Lawrence D. Okendo, U.S. Army retired