A Big USC-Flavored Anniversary

On July 20, 1969, 53 years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin touched down in the Sea of Tranquility, becoming the first humans ever to land on the Moon.

A year later, Armstrong gave an oral thesis defense for his master’s in aeronautical engineering at USC. He passed.

There is a statue of Armstrong at USC.

72 thoughts on “A Big USC-Flavored Anniversary

  1. Good excuse to post about those pictures coming back from the Webb telescope. They are amazing!!

    I’m glad the half dozen micrometeoriods that have it since December have caused minimal damage. Let’s hope it doesn’t run into anything more substantial.

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    1. We are observing the beginning of the universe some 13 billion years ago. Of course what we are seeing happened millions of years ago (that speed of light is so darn slow)
      It is mind-blowing what these genius scientists can cook up– the Webb telescope!

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    1. Uh-uh. There was also a second shooter in the grassy knoll and we blew up the Twin Towers ourselves.

      Does your tinfoil hat need adjusting? Better see to it, or else the aliens will be able to track you!! And I don’t mean the illegals coming up through our non-existent southern border.

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      1. I saw smoke rising from the grassy knoll lots of people did. See the Magruder tape. Then Oswald killed to keep his mouth shut.

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      2. Me, too, Nikita! Though it’s been several years.

        I’ve only tried them a handful of times. It was interesting. Definitely different than having a few too many drinks, but the paranoia?! No thanks.

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    2. Just wait until Hollywood does a rendition of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. Guess who will be the bad guys, Krushchev (spelling?)

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  2. HEY LJ AND TIM
    CHECK OUT MY NEW SONG POSTS TO YOU GUYS ON THE IOWA COACH THREAD

    SO CAL. YOURE TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER THE FIFTIES PROBABLY MG TOO.

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    1. Great tip, George, regarding the Barberettes covering Barbara Ann. I like their version better than the Beach Boys.

      I have one for you. If you like the ‘Sound of Silence’ try listening to Disturb’s version– haunting.

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      1. YEAH THANX FOUR YOUR TIP
        LJ
        ILL CHECK IT OUT

        RE THE BARBERETTES
        ISNT THAT GIRL IN THE MIDDLE JUST FANTASTIC

        MY WIFE IS THE BEST
        BUT IF I WASNT MARRIED

        HAHA

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    2. I remember Dad listening to his “Oldies, but Goodies” on an 8 track! Blueberry Hill, Come Go With Me, etc. Loved ’em!

      I’m a former musician. I listen to everything from Bach & Beethoven to Disturbed & Rammstein and all kinds of shit in between, especially 70’s & 80’s rock. Stevie Ray Vaughan died way too young! He was a bad ass.

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      1. OK BRO
        I WILL PUT MORE SONGS ON THEN
        I LOVED THE ONES YOU MENTIONED
        I KNOW THEM ALL BY HEART
        I CAN 🎵 SING THEM FOR YOU
        LOL

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      2. Man, I don’t like many songs, but when I hear one of my favorites
        everything is alright with the world for a while.

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      3. LJ, no matter how many times Jeff Lynne says “Livin’ Thing” is about the life of a romantic relationship, I’ll always think of it as an anti-abortion tune.

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    1. Now perhaps we should put some of that Yankee Know-How working on the world’s problems. It was 104.4 in London yesterday. Yes, that London, the one on an island.

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  3. Let me try again, Charles:
    The opposite of American Exceptionalism– how about the
    American Political System (and that covers both parties)

    And to GT’s comment– Slow day?– Even MG didn’t bother posting today

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    1. Well, being a fan of his sunglasses isn’t as bad as being dumb enough to vote for him.

      And even worse? Crying about it, if someone mentions how dumb you were.

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    1. MG went to trump’s new MIGA (make incarceration great again) rally. Ticket sales were so poor, that trump threw in a free taco voucher and a 50% promo code for a case of his new industrial strength Depends

      slo cal bought tickets for the whole family… he claims the Depends code was the real prize

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      1. HI GABBY
        I CONSIDER BOTH YOU AND SO CAL AS MY FRIENDS EVEN THO YOU GUYS FIGHT

        JUST READ YOUR LONG POST RE TRUMP ON THE THREAD ABOUT LONG ODDS AGAINST SC WINNING THE NATL CHAMPIONSHIP

        YOUR POST EXPLAINS WHY I DONT LIKE TRUMP AT ALL

        AND BIDEN IS TOO OLD TO BE PRESIDENT
        AMONG OTHER THINGS

        I HAVE VOTED THREE TIMES DEM AND THREE TIMES REPUBLICAN
        STARTING WITH THE YEAR 2000

        I NOW AM REGISTERED INDEPENDENT AND IF ITS TRUMP VS HILLARY I WILL PROBABLY GO THIRD PARTY FOR SURE

        THE DEMS HAVE MOVED TO FAR LEFT AND THE GOP TOO FAR RIGHT
        WE NEED A CENTER PARTY
        LETS SEE WHO MIGHT COME FORWARD IN 2024

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    2. I have a sinking feeling Michael had to go to a funeral, George. Hard to be frivolous when you lose a loved one. And did you notice how no one gets a “like” when Michael is not around?

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  4. THE WIND IN THE WILLOW TREE
    PLAYED LOVES FAVORITE MELODY
    BUT ALL OF THOSE VOWS YOU SAID
    WERE NEVER TO BE

    AND THO WE’RE APART
    YOURE PART OF ME STILL
    FOR YOU WERE MY THRILL
    ON BLUEBERRY HILL !!!!!!

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  5. NINE CATS
    SEVEN DOGS—- FOUR CATFISH
    AND
    TWO STORKS

    HOW MANY LEGS DO YOU HAVE ???

    DUNNO ABOUT YOU BUT
    I HAVE TWO LEGS !!!

    REALLY SORRY GUYS
    THAT WAS MY WIFES JOKE
    AND SHE ASKED ME TO POST IT !!!

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  6. After viewing the above picture- I spy, plow, slo cal, and parcel sitting on the ground. That would explain their amnesia regarding trumps failures in dealing with covid. They were on the moon during the orange Cheetos last 10 months causing (in the words of slo cal) suffering and death

    #LOSTINSPACE

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    1. ITS INTERESTING GABBY
      I FEEL YOUR PAIN
      ITS REAL
      AND SO CAL IS ANGRY
      I CAN FEEL HIS PAIN TOO

      PEOPLE LIKE ME ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN IN OUR COUNTRY RIGHT NOW

      LAWYER JOHN AND I HAVE DISCUSSED A THIRD PARTY
      HALF IN JEST
      BUT I THINK SOMETIMES FOR REAL
      BOTH FOX AND CNN CONTRIBUTE TO OUR DIVIDE
      IF YOU WATCH ONLY ONE YOU CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW THE OTHER SIDE FEELS

      EVEN WORSE ARE MSNBC AND NEWSMAX

      ONE NEEDS TO LOOK AT BOTH SIDES AND THEN MAKE UP THEIR MIND

      FOR ME ITS GOTTA BE A THIRD PARTY IF IM STILL ALIVE

      SOMEONE WHO WILL TAKE A MIDDLE GROUND

      IS AMERICA READY FOR THAT
      I REALLY DUNNO
      BUT I HOPE SO

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      1. Only angry at the fools who voted for all of this, but try to deny they’re responsible, GT.

        Sad for all the ones who have died or lost loved oned as a result of this administration’s incompetence & weakness.

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    2. And btw, GT, I have said for months that I watch news outlets on both sides. Well, as much as I can tolerate from the left anyway.

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    3. Gabby: I know that Biden ran on the idea that Trump failed to deal with Covid and that he would eradicate the virus. How did that work out? Less than 300,000 deaths when Biden took office and we are now at over a million, 2.5 times worse than Trump. What were Biden’s accomplishments in dealing with Covid? I can’t think of any. I remember he tried to say the vaccine was developed and distributed under his watch, a lie. Trump policies streamlined the development of the vaccine in record time. Biden then mandated the vaccine as a condition of government employment. Something he earlier stated that he would never do. He encouraged the states to extend lockdowns thereby crushing the economy. A John Hopkins study shows that lockdowns did virtually nothing to limit the virus. He continues to push masks and mandatory vaccines even though masks are largely ineffective and the virus has mutated rendering the vaccine largely ineffective against infection.

      And are you seriously making jokes about Trump being physically unfit for the job and needing Depends. Biden can’t walk onto Air Force One or read off a teleprompter.

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      1. Plow, the fools who thought Dementia Joe would do better with the virus have very short memories. Barack & Joe didn’t keep H1N1 from spreading at all and merely lucked out that it was nowhere near as fatal as COVID. I laughed in Oct/Nov 2020 at the simpletons who used that as their excuse for voting in a corrupt, weak old man with dementia.

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      2. WOW….MORE FUCKING LIES. Every one of your talking points can be debunked.

        The hopkin paper was political and not supported by MANY!!! (I posted a link in a previous reply, please read)

        Biden told the anti-vaxxers to get the shot!!!! The vast majority (80%) who died after Biden took office refused the shot ….CAN’T BLAME HIM FOR THEIR STUPIDITY.

        Trump had nothing to do with the development of covid vaccines. Pfizer, in fact, gave trump their middle finger when he asked that they name the vaccine after him,

        The economy improved at the fastest rate in history after Biden took office. Trump was the only prez in history to leave the office with fewer jobs….lost 11 million

        Biden never encouraged lockdowns, just the opposite.

        What current mask mandates????

        Dude what the fuck are you doing….get the fucking cranium checkout…you have lost touch with reality… take slo cal with you…two peas in a pod

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      3. PS….White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the paper the Feb. 4 press briefing. She deferred to the administration’s experts to address the specifics of the paper, but she added that “the president has been clear that we are not pushing lockdowns, we have not been pro-lockdown, that has not been his agenda. Most of the lockdowns actually happened under the previous president. What our objective has been is to convey we have the t**ls we need to keep our country open.

        #DEBUNKED

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      4. Gabby: The article you cite does not debunk anything. Here are the opening words:

        “Three economists concluded in a Johns Hopkins working paper that lockdowns in response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic did not have a significant effect on mortality rates, but the paper’s findings have been criticized.” There is a difference between “criticized” and “debunked.”

        Funny how Florida which had minimal lockdowns did as well with Covid as many other states. Their economy is now thriving and people are moving there in droves. Even AOC visited Miami. Similarly, South Dakota had minimal lockdowns and did as well as highly restricted North Dakota. Sweden and Iceland had minimal lockdowns and actually did better than most other European states. But keep pushing the lockdown/mask-up nonsense. Do you want to close the schools again? Cancel little league or going to the beach? Wear a mask outside while walking your dog? Has any democratic politician even acknowledged these policies were a mistake?

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      5. you dipshit…. they wrote another paper that contradicts their findings…. did you not comprehend what you read….take your time and reread….lame!… plus experts don’t support it….nice try…. cherry-picking facts to reach the desired conclusion

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      6. FUCK DUDE, HOW CONVENIENT YOU MISSED THIS PART OF THE ARTICLE

        Both Bhatt and Ferguson have authored previous studies on the impact of lockdowns and NPIs on COVID-19 transmission and mortality. One used a model simulation and predicted a lockdown would significantly reduce mortality. The other evaluated interventions in 11 European countries and found NPI had “a large effect on reducing transmission” with an estimated 4% or less of the population in the countries infected with the virus.

        SAME FUCKING DUDES YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT

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      7. NOW YOU’RE FUCKING DESPERATE AND THROWING ANYTHING AT THE WALL HOPING IT STICKS…

        It kills you to admit trump was a failure, get over it…little man

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      8. What the fuck are you talking about….. If people are still wearing a mask it’s because they choose to. There is zero correlation with what is going on today vs. what took place under the orange cheeto…deflecting from trump to Biden is fucking stupid…do better!

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    1. Nothing gets past this emperor. Very important scandal. This will make him look like he’s dealing with the pressing problems of California while he spends his time taunting Ron Desantis and running for president. What chicken shit.

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      1. Love McCollough’s article in the Times today:

        “The presidents of every California Pac-12 school lobbied hard against NIL because they feared — correctly — that college athletes receiving money of any kind, even from third parties and not the schools themselves, would inevitably lead to full-on professionalization, players being classified as employees and directly sharing in the revenues they’ve helped to produce.

        So of course they were calling Newsom panicking back then. They also knew the jig was about to be up.

        Newsom did the right thing in signing the NIL bill. History will applaud him for it. But for him to act now as if it’s a shock that UCLA athletics would knife the UC system and its Pac-12 brethren in the back to gain potentially $70-plus million in yearly revenues and wipe out more than $100 million in debts is disingenuous and intellectually insulting to taxpayers and voters.”

        Unlike Dumbass I credit the authors. I don’t cut & paste and try to pass it off as my own thoughts on a subject. LMAO

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      1. He’s a scumbag who ignored the voters in 2016.

        Proposition 62 was rejected by voters with only 46.9% voting to end executions. Proposition 66 was approved by voters in the same election, with 51.1% voting to speed up executions!

        And yet he put executions on a moratorium and is now dismantling our death penalty equipment.

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      2. Hey penis breath, Only 11k died from N1N1, because Obama followed the science and took the proper advice. Trump threw the pandemic bible(written by the Obama administration) in the trash. trump said he knew more than the doctors and scientists. We all know how that tuner out, the worst disaster in modern history.

        ..I have to say, you were pretty stupid in voting for trump….but you’ll deny it

        PS…if I need any shit out of you I’ll squeeze the head…got it!

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      3. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! Only 11K died “because of what the administration did”.

        Dumbass.

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  7. Scooter,

    Armstrong’s oral thesis was very simple. the presentation went like this:

    Panel, Armstrong, tell us what you know about aeronautical engineering?

    Armstrong’s response: Work with NASA for a lot of years and last year on July 20 ,1969, I was the first human to plant foot on the moon.

    Panel: You passed.

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