Apollo 11: Rock 'n rollers remember the moon landing 50 years later

The world came together as one on July 20th, 1969. People across the U.S. and the globe were captivated by the Apollo 11 mission.

A half-century later, the memories remain, not only of the flight, but of the astronauts, who became heroes in their own right.

Singer Terri Nunn of Berlin saw the moon landing with her family at their Southern California home.

"I was just home with my family. We were watching it on TV -- I think we had a color TV at that point. Well, wow, I think come on. One of the most historic in everyone's lives in the history of the world."

Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals was just feet away from Neil Armstrong. Several weeks after the Apollo 11 astronauts returned home, he and Neil Armstrong stayed at the same Seattle hotel -- and wound up on the same floor.

"I went to a hotel in Seattle and I saw Neil Armstrong down the hall. Right, like 50 feet from me. Oh man, I'm going back to the '60s too much, but he had a glow around his body. I'm telling you. Oh man, I just stood, you know, 'cause i was down the hall and he was just about to enter his room and I said, 'My God, that's Neil... look at the dude, man! You know, how cool is that?"

"I'm kinda like a NASA groupie. I really was fascinated by this stuff. All the years, I was able to see a couple of liftoffs, was able to cry when it didn't work out and, then again, we were a country then. We weren't divided like we're divided now. We were a country. We all watched the same thing."

Graham Gouldman of 10cc recalls Apollo 11 as representing the best of what man is capable of.

"Saw it on TV. It was stunning just to think of what man was capable of. You know all the certain wonderful things and terrible things that mankind has done. But to be able to actually land on another, the moon, was just mind boggling."

Songwriters Hall of Famer Jack Tempchin is a long-time fan of science and technology. As important as Apollo 11 was, he notes the discoveries that came in the decades since.

Doug "Cosmo" Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival was home in California the night Apollo 11 landed. He saw the landing at the home of his girlfriend, whom he later married.

"Those guys had a lot of courage to do what they did. And I think that everybody was pretty well enamored with what was going on. And Kennedy did it -- I mean, he's just the guy who had the message and the idea and the dream, if you will. And he was able to do it within a decade. An amazing that he gave when he made the initial pitch. It put chills on my arm, I'll tell you."

Gloria Gaynor is surprised that there are still people who don't believe the moon landing ever happened.

"I remember watching television and I remember people saying, 'It's not happening. It isn't true. This is a hoax.' And there are still people who believe that. Believe it or not, there are still people that the earth is flat. Go figure."

Gary Puckett was on tour when the moon landing took place. He was in the middle of an engagement at the Latin Casino, a well known nightclub in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, just outside Philadelphia.

"I was working at the Latin Casino in New Jersey. And I remember being in the hotel in my room, and I kinda laid down on the bed as they were landing. And I watched it, you know, and went. 'Wow, they're on the moon."

The Cowsills were also on tour, and also in New Jersey. Bob Cowsill says the family group performed that week at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.

"The Cowsills were performing in Atlantic City, New Jersey on the Steel Pier that summer. I think we were there for a week -- or maybe two weeks when you performed there. And in the middle of that week, were in our hotel room watching Neil Armstrong land on the moon -- on the pier in Atlantic City."

 
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