Two events, one forever unforgettable, the other somewhat less memorable, shared the same Sunday, 40 years ago.
The Sixties was a decade filled with aberration, acrimony, and achievement that affected virtually every aspect of human existence. In the continuing context of human history, however, none of those moments was more significant than the happenings of July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11’s Eagle lander touched down on the moon and NASA’s Neil Armstrong took his historic small step onto the lunar surface.
Earlier that day, a quarter-million miles “below,” in a special section of Wisconsin’s scenic Kettle Moraine countryside, another young American adventurer took a different type of Eagle to another kind of victory.
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