40 Years Ago At Parks...
“THE MAN ON THE MOON WILL HAVE AN AUDIENCE IN CENTRAL PARK MEADOW”
The following press release was published by the Parks Department on July 14, 1969 in preparation of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Central Park's famous Sheep Meadow got a new name today—Moon Meadow—to express New York's appreciation of man's first visit to another planetary body—and Moon Meadow it will be for the next two weeks.
The name change was announced by August Heckscher, Administrator of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, who has assembled a major Moon Watch program beginning at 10:30 p.m. July 20 and extending into early morning on July 21.
Mayor Lindsay will participate in the special program—made possible by private contributions—without the expenditure of city funds.
All visitors have been asked to dress in symbolic white. The public will watch color telecasts by AEC, CE3 and NEC on three 9 by 12 screens, each showing live coverage of America's moon landing by a different network.
A synthetic aurora borealis called Lunechild TV will be provided by artist Forrest Myers, president of the Dynamite Lite Aura Company.
Chris Steinbrunner, manager of film services for a New York television station, will show a collage of historical films documenting real and imaginary trips to the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration also will provide films.
Sculptor-designer Kip Coburn will provide inflatable sculptures and social philosopher Buckminster Fuller will provide a talk on the moon and the future, via tape.
From Restaurant Associates will come a "blue cheese moon picnic," frozen Milky Ways and milk drinks from the Cow That Jumped Over the Moon. The food will be on sale.
"The new vision of international unity evident when we see our earth from the moon," will be represented in a banner provided by the Church and Culture Branch of the National Council of Churches.
Music will be furnished by Local 802 of the Musicians Union and a dance inside a "moon bubble" illuminated with ultra-violet light will be performed by The Crickets, a group of student-artists.
A non-profit hobbyist organization, Aerostates Ealioon Flying Field, of Tolland, Conn., will take flight in an immense balloon of 19th Century design. Yukihisa Isobe, sculptor, will participate in the balloon event.
Administrator Heckscher has dubbed the event a Moon Watch, which will begin with a vigil and end with a celebration, once Astronaut Neil Armstrong's historical step is taken successfully. Miss Karin Bacon of the Cultural Affairs Department is the coordinator.
The Administrator urged New Yorkers to come out in force.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free."
Zorba the Greek