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The elation in Wheatfield arrived with a note of caution. A half-century ago this weekend, legions of skilled workers from the old Bell Textron plant could rejoice at playing a direct role in helping America put a man on the moon. That sense of triumph had to be kept in check. Those workers understood, through the work done by their own hands, why the make-or-break mome…

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Where were you at 10:56 p.m. July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong made the unimaginable imaginable live on broadcast television? Mrs. James Tait, Margaret Robinson, Marian Feldt, Jack Dautch, Grace Hughes, Dorothy Wiegand, Rose Sugden and Rose Ann Fiala were crowded around a TV set at Jenss Twin-Ton Department in the City of Tonawanda. Rita LoTempio was in a delivery r…

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On July 20, 1969, humans walked on another world for the first time in history, achieving the goal that President John F. Kennedy set in 1961, before Americans had even orbited the Earth. Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin explored the area around their lunar landing site on the moon for more than two hours. They collected soil and rock samples, set up experiments, pla…

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Watching TV rarely gets you on the front page of the paper, but it seems appropriate that it did for the staff at Jenss Twin-Ton Department store 50 years ago next week. That man would step foot on the moon is an unimaginable, superlative, epoch-defining feat in human history. But that more than half a billion would watch it happen live on their television sets made it …

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It was 50 years ago this month that Neil Armstrong became the first human being to ever step on the moon. The original mission video that aired at the time has been restored and made available on NASA's YouTube page. Watch below to see the footage that captivated the America of July 1969. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9HdPi9Ikhk See the historic front page from…