I was 14 years old. It was Earth Science Class, 8th grade. Our assignment was
to make a scrapbook of the upcoming Apollo 13 Mission to the moon. No problem. My
parents took both newspapers, the Corpus Christi Caller and the Corpus Christi Times. The hardest part, I figured, would be waiting until after my father was finished
reading the papers.
Who would have figured that this particular mission would be
filled with incredible stories?
Apollo 13 - Apollo XIII - Third Lunar Flight - Ten Days
Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., the most experienced.
Lieutenant Commander Thomas "Ken" Mattingly, II, the
Fred W. Haise, Jr., the space rookie
German Measles - or Rubella - a "childhood disease"
John L. Swigert, Jr., the replacement
Explosion - Short Circuit - Meteorite - Scrubbed - Aborted -
Canceled - Crippled
Prayers - Worldwide Interest - Offers of Aid
Carbon Dioxide - Aquarius - The Lunar Module - Fuel Cells -
The World Watches - The Families Watch
Working Around the Clock - Splashdown - Astronauts Safe
There are two Cover pages,
Table of Contents, pictures, diagrams, political cartoons,
a three-page Index, plus 79 pages of clippings of
Oh, and I got a 110 points and "Well done." from the teacher. I
remember that the teacher asked if I would like to donate the scrapbook to the
library or something and my first thought was, if they want it, then I want to
keep it. Obviously, I have kept it all these years.