On Christmas Eve of 1968, while war was being waged in Vietnam against the forces of Communism on Earth, Apollo 8 astronauts Frank F. Borman, II, James A. Lovell, Jr., and William A. Anders maneuvered their spacecraft into orbit around the moon. Launched three days earlier on December 21, they became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, orbit the moon, and return safely to Earth. The image below is the front page of my hometown newspaper, the Evening Capital, published in Annapolis, Maryland. My father, Arthur Blattenberger, was manager of the classified advertising department for 25 years before succumbing to a heart attack at age 51.
Posted December 19, 2015