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Interview - Where were you?









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FEMALE SPEAKER: In 1969, I was in my first year in college, and the summer of '69, when the Shuttle went up, I got a job as a data entry clerk for a contract agency that NASA had.

At the time, I worked in the Data Processing Center, which now they call "Information Systems," and the programmer who was in charge of the first turn, let's say, of the Shuttle once it was up in the air

INTERVIEWER: This is Apollo.

FEMALE SPEAKER: Huh?

INTERVIEWER: This is the man on the Moon.

FEMALE SPEAKER: Oh, I'm sorry. Yeah, the man on the Moon.

When the Shuttle went up, the programmer was not available. So I had to go find him. I did, and they made the, I guess, first turn or first direction from having dropped a payload, and I was so excited, just like the rest of the agency, that we actually had a man that walked on the surface other than the surface that we walked on every day. So it was very exciting, especially for a youngster that was just basically out of high school.