Most of us have seen Ron Howard’s incredible 1995 movie, Apollo 13. I remember that my father took me to see it in the theaters, and it was one of the most incredible movies I’d ever witnessed. Every time the film is on television, I find myself glued to the screen in rapt awe and tension. The film’s power is rooted in the almost unimaginable reality of the harrowing situation that gripped the world on April 14th, 1970. This reality was relayed in riveting real time television by legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite. Regular readers of my blog, and general users of the internet, know how horrible youtube can be, but its worth noting its brilliance as well. The fact that I can present you the 19 part blow by blow account of Cronkite’s coverage of Apollo 13 is just incredible. You will simply be totally blown away by this presentation. The story of Apollo 13 is a mesmerizing event in human history, and everyone involved in ensuring it’s “successful failure” are heroes beyond the telling of it. Enjoy. PS, be sure to click the “READ MORE” button (or this sentence) below the 3rd video to see all 19 parts.
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