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Apollo XI / Spectators / LBJ / Abernathy / Coverage #6196

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 16, 1969
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(Studio) President Nixon says Monday to be National Day of Participation, making moon landing holiday. Astronauts 1/3 way to moon; all gone smoothly.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Cape Kennedy, Florida) Apollo XI to orbit moon by noon Saturday 700,000 on hand to watch launch. Beaches clogged. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird watch from VIP stands. LBJ wonders why we can't put same effort into peace for all times. Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader Ralph Abernathy says even he forgot hungry Americans at time of launch. Liftoff shown. Simulation of docking and booster going own way shown. Crew off to perfect start.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Progress report later tonight. ABC to answer flight questions on special broadcast Sunday
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Bergman, Jules;
Reynolds, Frank

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