I can. We all sat around a black and white TV watching it. Obviously at my age (8) it didn't mean a great deal to me, but now thinking back, what a thing to have seen.
Oh yeah. 16 years old at the time. That was just unbelievable to see Armstrong coming down that ladder.
EVERYBODY was glued to their TV set. Including me.
Saw it a few days after coming home from the Navy (40th anniversary of discharge this morning). The next week I started work at the Houston Burke Baker Planetarium, got to meet astronauts. Then in September, got to handle the 2nd moon rock outside of NASA's JSC Lunar Receiving Laboratory. Have photos of that.
My grandma, who was born a decade before the Wright Bros. flew, and remembered Halley's comet in 1910, lived to see the Space Shuttle's first test flight. She thought moon landing was a wonder.
Yes - I watched it all on TV.
And I still have all the newspaper and magazine cuttings I collected during the Apollo program.
What a night. As an eleven year old boy who was keen on astronomy I was captivated by the fuzzy images on our telly. The enthusiastic commentary of James Burk and Patrick Moore just added to the spectacle. The whole world was watching, here was history in the making. And when chunks of Moon rock started to tour the country I went to Liverpool museum four times to see it, queueing for hours sometimes. Great days.
When I got to the bottom of that ladder ---- well, I suppose you'd have to have been there.