Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sputnik, October 4, 1957

 OCTOBER 4, 1957 
 Personal Stories 
 Eight grade, age 13, Sharon, Connecticut 
 Pete, the town wino, tells us he saw it 

"A replica of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite in the world to be put into outer space..."

 Waiting for a ride to school 
 in the chill of dawn 
 the town wino comes up to us 
 pointing to the sky 

 "That thing those Russians put there  
 going around the Earth... 
 I saw it," 
 he says slurring his words, 
 "...a little silver ball" 

We stood in front of this building waiting for 
our ride to school in Sharon, Connecticut. (Google Earth)

 We laughed 
 at Pete 
 but underneath we shivered 

 Because as young boys 
 soon to be draft age 
 we knew 
 we would be involved 

Wounded during a military operation in Vietnam in 1967, 
10 years after the launch of Sputnik.

1 comment:

  1. I too remember watching Sputnik flyovers from my front yard, along with a number of scientists who had been transferred from Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project to Brookhaven.