Today is July 18, the 198th day of the year. So, there are 165 days left in 2019. As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first moon walk July 20, here is a story published today, as it was published 50 years ago, Monday, July 21,1969, in the Creston News Advertiser.
Creston, and the world, watched man land on the moon. A quick check around town showed there was little activity as most people saw the space account on television. Mayor Percy Carney said he thought everyone was glued to the TV set to see the great event and Police Chief Frank Holliday said there were no unusual calls yesterday – “I don’t think anyone was moving.”
Attendance at the swimming pool was about average in the early afternoon and tapered off toward evening. Pool manager Sandy Kinkade reported that the pool closed early.
Yesterday was fine weather for golfing and several people took advantage of the temperature. Many people watched the landing on the clubhouse television set and others checked on the flight’s progress when their game was near the clubhouse.
Southwestern Community College classes are cancelled for this morning and its offices closed. The vocational school and offices will be open this afternoon.
Sunday attendance at the theater was reported down; McKinley Park was done of the few places full with its usual activity. There were several trailers in the park and campers were watching the moon landing on their portable television sets.
The general feeling among Creston citizens is one of awe at the accomplishment and worry for a safe return. There must be a certain shock among the very young children as they are thrust from a centennial atmosphere into one of space fantasy.