Beyond my voiceover work, you by now have seen how important space and space science is to me. I post about it regularly, and I make the “Interstellar Wanderings” videos every week. These are long-held loves, even though I never pursued them as a student, especially when it was clear I was going to be too tall, too nearsighted, and too not-mathy. Growing up, my parents had a big dictionary that had a full-color section about all of the American space explorations to date; if I recall correctly, it was up to and including Skylab, so all of the Apollo missions were a part of it. As I child I loved the thought of those missions, even though Apollo 11 occurred only 14 months after I was born. On a trip to the Kennedy Space Center as an adult, I teared up at the replay of the launch of Apollo 11. “Apollo 13” is one of my favorite films. You get it.
Last week, my wonderful friend Leslie Ligon asked me when I was born, and I told her the Year of Turmoil, 1968, the year before the Moon landing. And it brought to mind one of my favorite space songs; “Monochrome” by The Sundays, from the album Static and Silence, which as a music nerd, I quoted. She told me to be on the lookout for something in the mail.
Leslie had bought me this medallion commemorating Apollo 11. It is an inch wide and heavy and perfect. It came today.
They're dancing around
It sends a shiver down my spine
And I run to look in the sky and
I half expect to hear them asking to come down
(Oh) will they fly or will they fall
To be excited by a long late night
“Monochrome” - The Sundays