Think back, if you remember the day July 20, 1969. Or imagine, if you weren't born yet.
It is a Sunday evening in the middle of a sultry summer. Television screens are aglow with live coverage of the Apollo 11 mission.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are about to step onto an alien surface, never quite sure if they'll make it home. An untold number of engineers and technicians are working behind the scenes to beam their live pictures from the moon back to Earth.
Anchors like Walter Cronkite are narrating every step. And the family members of the astronauts are watching Cronkite to see what's about to happen.
This is how Cronkite signed off on July 24, after four hours covering the splashdown of the astronauts:
"Well, man's dream and a nation's pledge have now been fulfilled. The lunar age has begun. And with it, mankind's march outward into that endless sky from this small planet circling an insignificant star in a minor solar system on the fringe of a seemingly infinite universe. The path ahead will be long; it's going to be arduous; it's going to be pretty doggone costly. We may hope, but we should not believe, in the excitement of today, that the next trip or the ones to follow are going to be particularly easy. But we have begun with 'a small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind,' in Armstrong's unforgettable words.
"In these eight days of the Apollo 11 mission the world was witness to not only the triumph of technology, but to the strength of man's resolve and the persistence of his imagination. Through all times the moon has endured out there, pale and distant, determining the tides and tugging at the heart, a symbol, a beacon, a goal. Now man has prevailed. He's landed on the moon, he's stabbed into its crust; he's stolen some of its soil to bring back in a tiny treasure ship to perhaps unlock some of its secrets.
"The date's now indelible. It's going to be remembered as long as man survives -- July 20, 1969 -- the day a man reached and walked on the moon. The least of us is improved by the things done by the best of us. Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins are the best of us, and they've led us further and higher than we ever imagined we were likely to go."
Cronkite was The Man.
Now we have Fox & Friends.
No wonder America is in decline.