Little Bighorn Battlefield is known for being “Custer’s Last Stand”. Lesser know is New Rumley, Ohio, where the story of General George A. Custer begins. We came across the small Custer Memorial Park & Museum on a drive through northeast Ohio back country roads.
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. – High Flight
Today’s garage-sale vinyl find. A 1962 souvenir album for John Glenn’s historic first orbit as part of NASA’s Project Mercury.
Today’s vinyl score – 1969’s To the Moon from Time-Life Records.
The beautiful box set contains 6 LP vinyl records and book full of photos detailing the race to the Moon from the early days of rocketry through NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo program.
According to an advertisement in the July 1969 edition of LIFE magazine, the box set was available for for $19.99 (2016 equivalent: $128.89) via mail order.
It’s an amazing listen, and you can easily believe their claim that this was 10 years in the making with the amount of detail and information available from the early days of Goddard’s rocketry experiments through the accomplishments of each step NASA took to get to Apollo 11.