Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child’s initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk on the moon.
It was a moment that defined the Apollo 17 commander in both the public eye and his own.
“Those steps up that ladder, they were tough to make,” Cernan recalled in a 2007 oral history. “I didn’t want to go up. I wanted to stay a while.”
His family said his devotion to lunar exploration never waned, even in the final year of his life. Cernan died Monday at age 82 at a Houston hospital following ongoing heath issues, family spokeswoman Melissa Wren told The Associated Press.
“Even at the age of 82, Gene was passionate about sharing his desire to see the continued human exploration of space and encouraged our nation’s leaders and young people to not let him remain the last man to walk on the Moon,” his family wrote in a statement released by NASA.
On Dec. 14, 1972, Cernan became the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon. Cernan called it “perhaps the brightest moment of my life. … It’s like you would want to freeze that moment and take it home with you. But you can’t.”
Decades later, Cernan tried to ensure he wasn’t the last person to walk on the moon, testifying before Congress to push for a return. But as the years went by he realized he wouldn’t live to witness someone follow in his footsteps — still visible on the moon more than 40 years later.
“Neil (Armstrong, who died in 2012) and I aren’t going to see those next young Americans who walk on the moon. And God help us if they’re not Americans,” Cernan testified before Congress in 2011. “When I leave this planet, I want to know where we are headed as a nation. That’s my big goal.”
Cernan died less than six weeks after another American space hero, John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. Their flights weren’t the first or last of the Mercury and Apollo eras. Yet to the public they were the bookends of America’s space age glory.
Today is Martin Luther King’s Birthday, the federal holiday that honors the assassinated civil rights leader.
Well, not everywhere.
All 50 states celebrate the public holiday on the third Monday in January, but not all states, cities and towns dedicate it solely to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Some package it as a broader celebration of civil rights.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was born of pain and suffering. Yet its remarkable optimism provided much needed solace, hope and inspiration to blacks and others disenfranchised more than half a century ago and remains relevant today.
On the annual holiday honoring him, Rev. King’s dream of peace, unity and justice still resonates in a nation too often defined by what divides us rather than what unites us.
That’s why in Wilkinsburg, as elsewhere across the nation today, a prayer vigil for peace for “all faiths, all races, all ages” will be held at the Wilkinsburg Train Station at noon, sponsored by the Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project for Peace.
For Pastor Janet Hellner-Burris of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, coordinator of the sanctuary project, the dream lives on even in a nation some refer to as the Divided States of America.
TODAY IN HISTORY FOR JANUARY 16TH
Highlights of Today in History: Start of Operation Desert Storm, Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off, Prohibition takes effect, Shah of Iran flees into exile, musical “Hello Dolly” opens.
East coast shock rockers AMERICAN GRIM have signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One (eOne Music) / Rocktagon Worldwide Music with plans to release their first full length Freakshow on February 24, 2017. “I can’t begin to express how excited we are to debut this project at eOne,” says vocalist Ryan Healy. “We’ve worked relentlessly among ourselves, as well as with our producer Zardonic, to build an album we’re confident has a great shot at striking a nerve in rock.”
“So I am not a broken heart.
I am not the weight I lost or miles or ran and I am not the way I slept on my doorstep under the bare sky in smell of tears and whiskey because my apartment was empty and if I were to be this empty I wanted something solid to sleep on. Like concrete.
I am not this year and I am not your fault.
I am muscles building cells, a little every day, because they broke that day,
but bones are stronger once they heal and I am smiling to the bus driver and replacing my groceries once a week and I am not sitting for hours in the shower anymore.
I am the way a life unfolds and bloom and seasons come and go and I am the way the spring always finds a way to turn even the coldest winter into a field of green and flowers and new life.
I am not your fault.”
― Charlotte Eriksson
MIAMI, FL – 11/10/2016 — “The only way to leverage the playing field of unbiased consumer driven news is to get as close to the source as possible, and (AP) Associated Press is as close as it gets.” — said Robert Alexander Chief Executive Officer of 360WISE.
Licensed and registered trademarked influencer marketing brand “360Wise” was publicly recognized in the Onalytica 2016 edition as one of the top 100 global influence marketing brands in the world. They “360WISE” specialize in celebrity, brand and small business marketing with an astonishing twitter account following of over 700 verified celebrity and social media influencer accounts.
“According to Forbes and Bloomberg, $255 million is spent on influencer marketing every month and the reasons for this are simple: Influencer marketing generates twice the sales of paid advertising , purchasing decisions are more often influenced by expert or thought leader recommendations than traditional advertising and recommendations are up to 50 times more likely to trigger a purchase.”
Dinner with Sen. Kaine (& friends ) being reminded that were not at the Victory line but must be diligent & vigorous in our pursuit.
#360Wise Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine got some face time with MC Hammer at a swanky fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Sunday. The fundraiser was held in Virginia, which Kaine represents as a senator. CNN reports that the fundraiser was $50,000 per ticket.
After meeting with Senator Kaine at the fundraiser, Hammer tweeted a photo of himself with Kaine, writing, “Dinner with Sen. Kaine (& friends) being reminded that we’re not at the victory line but must be diligent & vigorous in our pursuit.”
“The stars are brilliant at this time of night
and I wander these streets like a ritual I don’t dare to break
for darling, the times are quite glorious.
I left him by the water’s edge,
still waving long after the ship was gone
and if someone would have screamed my name I wouldn’t have heard for I’ve said goodbye so many times in my short life that farewells are a muscular task and I’ve taught them well.
There’s a place by the side of the railway near the lake where I grew up and I used to go there to burry things and start anew.
I used to go there to say goodbye.
I was young and did not know many people but I had hidden things inside that I never dared to show and in silence I tried to kill them,
one way or the other,
leaving sin on my body
scrubbing tears off with salt
and I built my rituals in farewells.
Endings I still cling to.
So I go to the ocean to say goodbye.
He left that morning, the last words still echoing in my head
and though he said he’d come back one day I know a broken promise from a right one
for I have used them myself and there is no coming back.
Minds like ours are can’t be tamed and the price for freedom is the price we pay.
I turned away from the ocean
as not to fall for its plea
for it used to seduce and consume me
and there was this one night
a few years back and I was not yet accustomed to farewells
and just like now I stood waving long after the ship was gone.
But I was younger then and easily fooled
and the ocean was deep and dark and blue
and I took my shoes off to let the water freeze my bones.
I waded until I could no longer walk and it was too cold to swim but still I kept on walking at the bottom of the sea for I could not tell the difference between the ocean and the lack of someone I loved and I had not yet learned how the task of moving on is as necessary as survival.
Then days passed by and I spent them with my work
and now I’m writing letters I will never dare to send.
But there is this one day every year or so
when the burden gets too heavy
and I collect my belongings I no longer need
and make my way to the ocean to burn and drown and start anew
and it is quite wonderful, setting fire to my chains and flames on written words
and I stand there, starring deep into the heat until they’re all gone.
Nothing left to hold me back.
You kissed me that morning as if you’d never done it before and never would again and now I write another letter that I will never dare to send, collecting memories of loss
like chains wrapped around my veins,
and if you see a fire from the shore tonight
it’s my chains going up in flames.
The time of moon i quite glorious.
We could have been so glorious.”
― Charlotte Eriksson