The Summer of 1969 : 50 Years Ago

Diana Raab
5 min readJul 17, 2019
Photo by adrianna-van-groingen (credit Upsplash)

On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first human beings to ever land on the moon. After his first step on the moon, Armstrong uttered his infamous words, “That’s one step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Those who were alive at that time, remember exactly where they were when witnessing this huge milestone in American history. I had just turned fifteen, and like many of the hippies of that time, I had a rebellious streak. I performed naughty acts like wearing the American flag around my shoulders and experimenting with psychedelic drugs.

Rather than having me engage in unlawful activities, my mother yearned for me to have a meaningful transcendent experience, so she decided to send me to Lausanne, Switzerland, to spend the summer at an International Teen Camp there, and that’s where I was when the first man landed on the moon.

“There will be teens from all over the world,” she told me. “It will be good for you to get out of the New York for the hot summer.”

When I asked how I’d communicate with the other students, she said that many would speak English or understand it. She also told me that I’d have the chance to practice the French I’d studied in school for the past four years.

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Diana Raab

Award-winning author/poet/blogger. Speaks and writes on writing for healing & transformation. Visit: dianaraab.com