Since I posted my Sputnik manuscript a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been watching for reminiscences from folks who remember the original event and for celebrations of the upcoming 50th anniversary.
A pair of posts have caught my eye:
I Remember Sputnik, at Creative Think
“I was in fourth grade in Linworth, Ohio. The school principal came in (during our science period) and announced that he had just received word the Russians had just put up the first satellite. Surprise, confusion, and uncertainty. “Why weren’t we first?” everyone wondered.”
Book Review: Engineering for Every Kid, at National Space Society
“On October 4, 1957 I, along with millions of other kids was inspired by the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, by the Soviet Union. It seemed miraculous to see that tiny dot of light passing overhead, and realize that it was a machine that engineers had built. I wanted to be a part of that kind of achievement.”
Chris: Thanks for the mention. You don’t look old enough (based on the photo on your site) to have been over five or six at the time of the Sputnik launch. If you were, then you’ve aged well.
Whoever wrote the “Book Review: Engineering for Every Kid” has a far different recollection than mine of the events surrounding Sputnik’s launch. I remember much more the Cold War side of it.
Do you know the film, October Sky? If not, take a look. Sputnik plays a prominent role in the story.