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History Happy Hour: One Giant Leap – The Race to the Moon

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Members are invited to a private reception with Charles Fishman preceding the program at 6:00pm

When in 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced to Congress the goal of going to the moon, he astonished the world – especially the scientists and engineers at NASA. At the time, no one knew how to build a rocket large enough, or a computer small enough and with sufficient power to get us there. The men and women who worked to invent space travel over the next decade were faced with more than 10,000 decisions, from designing viable rockets and capsules, to sewing usable space suits and parachutes. Charles Fishman’s One Giant Leap chronicles the triumphs and failures of behind-the-scenes people who changed the world as we knew it, and paved the way for technology that now permeates our everyday lives.

Join us to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission, and the first moon landing, as Charles Fishman tells the greatest adventure story of the twentieth century. Mr. Fishman is a former metro and national reporter for the Washington Post, and an award-winning business journalist. He has written about the impending scarcity of water, and the effect of Wal-Mart shopping habits.

Books will be on sale at the event.

History Happy Hours include happy hour drinks and snacks.  History Happy Hours are sponsored by Therrien Waddell Construction Group.


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Cover of One Giant Leap by Charles Fishman