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What Do Sputnik and The Beav have in Common?


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They both appeared on October 4, 1957, fifty-six years ago today. The Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite and ushered in The Space Age on the same day that CBS premiered the iconic sitcom of Fifties-suburban-American life, Leave it to Beaver.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/leave-it-to-beaver_n_4043189.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/sputnik-anniverary-world-space-week_n_4037540.html

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One of my favorite films about that era is October Sky produced in 1999. If you haven't seen it you must because it captures the mindset of Americans at that time. Imagine the wonder of four high school boys from a bleak mining town in West Virginia who are captivated by the space race. I won't give away the plot, but it is well worth watching:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0132477/

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FT... Thanks for the Leave It To Beaver article!

I enjoyed cavorting with both Jerry and Tony in Florida during the summer of 1966.

However, the reunion pictures from 2007 were shocking, promting me to run to the bathroom mirror and observe, in horror, that I too have aged!

Being a couple years older than both the boys back then was no big thing... but the reality is crushing now!

:cry: Boo hoo hoo....

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One of my favorite films about that era is October Sky produced in 1999. If you haven't seen it you must because it captures the mindset of Americans at that time. Imagine the wonder of four high school boys from a bleak mining town in West Virginia who are captivated by the space race. I won't give away the plot, but it is well worth watching:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0132477/

One of my favorite science movies ever!

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