Welcome Back, Super Moon

Sunday, 11/12/2016, 9:33 PM The Super Moon Through the tress in our front yard.

Sunday, 11/13/2016, 9:33 PM
The Super Moon over Houston
Looking Up through the Trees in Our Front Yard.

Welcome, back, Super Moon

We haven’t seen you since 1948, about six weeks prior to my 11th birthday, but, back then, there wasn’t all this hoopla about you in Pecan Park – or any other part of Houston, as I recall. As memory serves those remembered events from that ancient time, we learned of your coming first night appearance at school. Imagine that! Old St. Christopher’s School out in Park Place had to bring us the advance news, or, very possibly, the grown ups in our neighborhood may have missed the whole thing. There was no television in Houston in 1948 – and we didn’t have anyone like meteorologist Frank Billingsley of present day Channel 2 around back then to tell us these things on a daily basis. It’s even amazing we survived all the thunder storms that hit us back then with no one in the newspapers or radio news shows there to consistently tell us they were coming. Back then, weather was just one of those “whatever happens, happens” parts of life. And that makes the point here even clearer. If we were not going to get warnings about frog-strangling rains, lightening, and thunder – things that happened a lot more often in Houston than big news from space in 1948 – we sure were not likely to get any advance notice about the next closest passing of the moon near to earth in 68 years. – Shoot! The Super Moon prior to 1948 must have done a fly-by in 1880. Just imagine what the advance media coverage of physical science events was like all over the world in 1880.

With social media being what it is now – and even president-elects can hardly resist its power – time and space markers like Halley’s Comet will never again slip past us in an eye-blinking moment of human forgetfulness in the ego-blinding lights of our small screen personal lives on Planet Earth.

Have a nice Monday, friends!

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 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

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