Interview with JFK

A young Sandy Schmitz, now of Marysville, interviews John F. Kennedy during his 1960 presidential campaign in Lincoln, Neb. Also in the picture, Schmitz’s mother, left, and a friend. When asked about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing recently, Schmitz said she always thinks of Kennedy, who started the government program that put man on the moon. On Sept. 12, 1962, Kennedy gave his famous speech persuading the American people to support the Apollo program. His goal was achieved within a mere seven years. Sadly, he didn’t live to see it.

This Saturday’s 50th anniversary of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first human step on the moon will likely stir nostalgia among those old enough to recall standing in front of a TV screen, watching the snowy picture of a figure slowly treading across the moonscape.

Area residents recently shared some of those memories with the Advocate.