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#tbt - July 18, 1969 : Apollo 11 streaks to the Moon!

It’s “Throwback Thursday!” 

Do you remember what you were doing on this date – July 18 -- 50 years ago? 

If you were like most Earthlings you were consumed with the real-life adventure playing out in the sky above your home. 

“Apollo Streaks Closer To Moon Landing – As Mother Earth Shrinks,” the Middletown Journal’s July 18, 1969, front-page headline announced. 

No movies, music, TV shows or other forms of entertainment could compare to the real-life drama of “three brave men unerringly” headed “toward a Saturday rendezvous with the moon and destiny....”  

On that historic Friday it wouldn’t be long before the trio of America’s best and brightest would fulfill the age-old dream of mankind: a visit to the Moon.  

“Spacecraft commander Neil A. Armstrong, Air Force Col. Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. And Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Collins planned a relatively quiet day today, resting for a historic weekend exploration...,” the article stated. 

“They are to fire themselves into moon orbit Saturday afternoon, and a day later Armstrong and Aldrin are to fly a lunar landing craft, or LM, to the surface. Early Monday, they are to take man’s first steps on another celestial body...”  

The “major event” for Friday was scheduled “late in the day when Armstrong and Aldrin wiggle through a connecting tunnel into the LM (lunar module) nicknamed Eagle, hitched nose-to-nose to the Columbia command ship...”

The Eagle would be their vehicle to the Moon.  

“For two hours they are to check the systems of the spindly-legged lander. Mainly they will look for damage that might have occurred Wednesday during the jolting liftoff from Cape Kennedy... 

“If they find major damage, they will cancel their landing plans. However, mission control officials say chances of this are remote...” 

Although we know how the Apollo 11 story ends (successfully!), the days leading to man’s first steps on the Moon are as gripping today as they were in the summer of ‘69.  

For your enjoyment...  

Below are images of July 1969 Middletown Journal ads for entertainment venues and merchants. Click through to remember what life was like down-to-Earth! 

Source of information/images for this blog:  

The July 18, 1969, Middletown Journal. It’s available for viewing on microfilm at MidPointe-Library's Middletown location.  

Issues of the Middletown Journal are also available online at: > eLibrary > Research databases > Magazines and Newspapers > Newspaper Archive > Middletown Journal 

If you enjoy all-things-Space, you’ll love MidPointe Library’s Summer Reading Program for all ages, going on now at all locations through July 31! This year’s theme, “A Universe of Stories,” is a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Read books for prizes, enjoy special guests and more!  

For details, see: > Services > Summer Reading  

A complete calendar of all MidPointe events is available at: > Events 

In the meantime check out our catalog of Space-related items (books, magazines, movies and more) at: > Catalog Search  

You’ll also find a veritable “universe” of items in our eLibrary, available at: > eLibrary. 

Included are eAudiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines, Movies and TV shows, Music, Research Databases, and our local Digital Archives

At MidPointe Library, a “Universe of Stories” is at your fingertips! 

"Middletown's Mark on the Moon" -- a nod to the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing Saturday, July 20

This Saturday, July 20, as America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first human to set foot upon the Moon, Middletonians can feel proud of the contributions their fellow citizens and industries provided to the historic endeavor. 

Four days before Apollo 11 launched into Space – and world – history, the Middletown Journal published articles about two local men and two industries with links to the historic mission. 

They were Stanley R. Reinartz, Marion Kershner, Aeronca Inc. and Armco Steel. 

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In an article titled “MHS Grad Helped Develop Saturn,” the Journal reported that Reinartz, “son of Mrs. C. Herbert Reinartz of 15th Ave., is department manager of the Apollo Applications Program in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. ..” 


“The huge Saturn V rocket that lifted Apollo 11 from earth was developed under the direction of the Marshall Center, NASA’s largest organization. 

“Reinartz, a graduate of Middletown High School, received his degree in mechanical engineering in 1956 from the University of Cincinnati...” 

A detailed biography of Reinartz from NASA is available for viewing at :

Below is a YouTube presentation of an image of the Saturn V rocket being projected upon the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, July 16 — 50 years to the day the Apollo 11 astronauts launched toward the Moon. An Associated Press photo of the rocket as it launches appears farther down in this blog. The photo appeared in the July 16, 1969, Middletown Journal.

In a second article titled “Local Man NASA Guest,” the Journal reported that “Marion Kershner of Barbara Drive, [Middletown] executive vice president of the National Management Association, Dayton, is at Cape Kennedy, Fla., today for the launch of Apollo 11. 

“Kershner is a guest of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration. He was invited as the chief operating officer of one of the world’s largest associations of management men...He also is a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Association Executives.” 

The Journal also reported that two local industries played significant roles in the moon launch: 

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Under the headline, “Aeronca Got NeaPerfection for Moonship,” the article by Staff Writer Fred Sennet stated that “Aeronca employees, who helped develop the brazed honey-comb panels that guard the astronauts against the intense temperatures of outer space, have a lot riding on today’s moon shot...”  

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The Middletown connection to Apollo 11 was even stronger because the brazed panels “were built from Armco stainless steel....,” referring to the Armco Steel Corporation, as it was known at the time. 

When you look at the Moon this special Saturday night, remember that a part of Middletown, Ohio, was there, too... 

If you enjoy all-things-Space, you’ll love MidPointe Library’s Summer Reading Program for all ages, going on now at all locations through July 31! This year’s theme, “A Universe of Stories,” is a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Read books for prizes, enjoy special guests and more!  

For details, go to: > Services > Summer Reading  

A complete calendar of all MidPointe events is available at: > Events 

 In the meantime check out our catalog of Space-related items (books, magazines, movies and more) at > Catalog Search 

 And our eLibrary : > eLibrary


Share your memories of July 20, 1969, the day Ohioan Neil Armstrong put “one small step for man...” on the Moon. (You know the rest of his famous quote!)


Images for this blog are from the July 16, 1969, Middletown Journal, available on microfilm at MidPointe’s Middletown location, 125 South Broad Street. 

The photo of Stanley Reinartz is from the 1951 Middletown High School yearbook, The Optimist. A collection of MHS yearbooks is available for viewing at MidPointe-Middletown's Ohio Room, a depository of local history materials, and online at: > eLibrary > Digital Archives > The Optimist, Middletown City School District High School Yearbooks 









#tbt - Remembering July 11, 1975 and the 75th anniversary of Armco Steel

The July 11, 1975, Middletown Journal headline said it all: 

                      “To Armco, we say thanks” 


Thus began a special, multi-page tribute to the Armco Steel Corporation of Middletown, which at the time was celebrating its 75th anniversary.   

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To honor the milestone, The Journal published a substantial special section titled “Armco at Seventy-Five.” It featured a detailed history of the steelmaker complete with photos, personal recollections and its outlook for the future. 

 The publication coincided with a big 75th anniversary celebration set to take place that weekend at Armco’s General Offices near downtown Middletown. When Armco was founded in 1900 the area was known as “Doty’s Woods,” a reference to Middletown Founder Daniel Doty. 

Thousands of people, from current and former Armco employees to local residents and dignitaries, were expected to attend the 75th birthday celebration. Entertainment and tours, including an open house at the then-new Armco International Building, were on the agenda. 

In its tribute edition, the Journal recalled that Armco had started out as a “bold venture in 1900” which “has grown into one of the major industries in the nation.” 

“....The real key to understanding the ‘Armco Story’ is its management philosophy about people,” the newspaper stated. “It holds that a company is nothing without good people...This human directly responsible for [Armco’s] present position in the nation and world,” has “inspired...leaders in the industry” and reserved “motivation and energy to be brought to bear on community activities and problems... “

“Without this, Middletown would be a far different place to live today....” 

The newspaper also praised the company for “that spirit [that] still shows itself” in institutions and projects such as the “Civic Association” concept, the YMCA, the great Armco Band, the city’s first two golf courses – Wildwood and Forest Hills – and many, many others.” 

It mentioned that Armco had “provided the guidance and financial support to help build the Middletown Campus of Miami University, as well as a myriad of other beneficences.” 

“Sentimental recollections” were included, too: 

“The Frank Simon band concerts, the baseball games at Armco Field, the whistle at the East Works, the George M. Verity (founder) salute in 1936, the gala 50th anniversary party in Sunset Park, Easter egg hunts... 

“...just plain fun in old Armco Park, tours through steaming and clanging steel-making buildings, that brilliant red glow in the sky, that illuminated  ‘Armco’ sign along the Big Four tracks that train passengers watched for, the day the orange smoke over the open hearth disappeared... 

“...the shimmering heat spilling from the tops of hot metal cars on the railroad at Excello and the Manchester Motor Inn and hundreds upon hundreds of major gatherings there...” 

The special section also recalled Armco’s massive construction effort known as “Project 600” and the legacies of eight Armco Presidents: George M. Verity, Charles R. Hook, Weber W. Sebald, Ralph L. Gray, Logan T. Johnston, C. William Verity, Donald E. Reichelderfer, and Harry Holiday Jr. 

Also included in the Journal’s special edition was an article about the search for the July 12, 1900 “Daily Signal’” newspaper. The old Middletown paper had featured a front-page story about the then-new company, its president, George M. Verity, and other officials. As luck would have it, a local woman discovered an actual copy of that 1900 newspaper in the home of her parents. (See below)

Click on the images below to enjoy the Middletown Journal’s 1975 tribute to the 75th anniversary of Armco Steel!

Do you remember Armco’s 75th anniversary celebration in July 1975? Share your memories!  

About this blog…

Accompanying images are from the July 11, 1975, “Middletown Journal” special section titled “Armco at 75...a Proud Heritage, a Promising Future.” It’s available for viewing on microfilm at MidPointe Library’s Middletown location, 125 South Broad Street. 

Other images are from MidPointe Library’s Digital Archives. They’re available for viewing at: > eLibrary > Digital Archives  

Are you a local history buff? 

Then stop by MidPointe Library’s “Local History and Genealogy Gallery” at its Middletown location, 125 South Broad Street!  

It’s a treasure trove of material on Middletown and surrounding areas that can be checked out on a MidPointe Library card! The “Gallery” is situated next to the popular Ohio Room with its collection of special, older historical items which do not circulate. 

In the meantime, peruse MidPointe’s historical on-shelf and electronic collections at : > Catalog Search 

Look for local history photos on our Digital Archives: > eLibrary > Digital Archives 

MidPointe also presents special programs on local history and genealogy! They’re free, fun and definitely interesting! 

Go to our home page at  and click on the location that interests you! 

Preventing the Summer Slide with MidPointe

To kids, the phrase “Summer Slide” conjures visions of water parks and neighborhood amusements.

To educators, researchers and librarians, the phrase also has a serious meaning: the loss of retention of information learned in the previous school year, as experienced by many students during weeks of summer vacation.

To combat “summer slide,” teachers and parents around the country endorse free summer reading programs like that hosted by Southwest Ohio’s MidPointe Library system. For decades, MidPointe locations have been the go-to places for summer reading materials, both educational and entertaining, as well as specially-themed programming for all ages.

This year’s “Summer Reading Program” for children through adults will start June 1 and run through July 31 at each MidPointe location : Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe and in Liberty Township on the second floor of Liberty Center.

Themed “A Universe of Stories,” the program will be particularly appealing to residents of the Buckeye State. From the first flights of Dayton’s Wright Brothers to Ohio native Neal Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon 50 years ago this July, Ohio has played a major role in America’s Space program.

Although MidPointe’s Summer Reading Program offers two months of reading for prizes and enjoying special guests and fun activities, it retains a serious goal that’s shared by educators: to help all students avoid the dreaded “Summer Slide,” otherwise known as summer learning loss. 

Research has demonstrated that some students are more susceptible to the “Slide” than others. For example, the National Summer Learning Association has reported the following:

●       The “Summer Slide” often affects disadvantaged children, who “tread water at best or even fall behind, while higher-income children build their skills steadily over the summer months.

●      Most students lose two months of math skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading.

●      Summer learning loss during elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade.

●      9 in 10 teachers spend at least three weeks re-teaching lessons at the start of the school year.

●      Elementary school students with high levels of attendance (at least five weeks) in voluntary summer learning programs experience benefits in math and reading.

Other reputable groups have also studied the impact of summer learning loss upon students. 

In 2010 the Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science of Illinois released the “Dominican Study -- Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap.” The report confirmed many findings from previous studies: 

“...Most notably that free voluntary reading makes a difference in improving reading scores and prevents summer slide. Students from our study who participated in a public library summer reading program reported that they like to read books and like to go to the library. Public librarians also reported that these students were enthusiastic about reading…”

“...The one institution that offers unfettered access to a wide variety of reading materials -- not just during the summer but all year round -- is the public library,” it stated. 

Public libraries like MidPointe are aware of and endeavor to meet the needs of a diverse population.  

As a steward of taxpayer dollars, MidPointe, like all public libraries, is committed to serving all citizens within its circulation area. With free, popular programs like “Summer Reading,” books, magazines, educational games and science toolkits, MidPointe remains a reliable source for the educational and entertainment needs ofall students, all year long.


#Seinfeld30 - 30 Years of Seinfeld

Conversations around the water cooler haven’t been the same since July 5, 1989.   

That’s the day we met TV’s “Seinfeld” and willingly jumped into its Pandora’s Box of puffy shirts, one churlish “soup Nazi,” and “Festivus For The Rest of Us.” 

For 30 years now, thanks to the wonders of reruns, many of us still enjoy the misadventures of four ever-hopeful, often-cynical New Yorkers as they seek prosperity and romance in the “most populous city in the United States.” (*) 

Eavesdroppers that we are, we’ve enjoyed every minute of the mayhem -- maybe because we see a little or a lot of ourselves in its characters... 

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Jerry the comedian who accidentally, and then begrudgingly, agrees to wear a pirate-style puffy shirt on the “Today Show.” His humiliation is palpable. 

George, the inevitable loser who pretends to be a marine biologist in order to impress a woman – and is eventually dumped by said woman. 

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Kramer, the eternal optimist who poses for a portrait that both mesmerizes and horrifies its onlookers. 

Elaine, Jerry’s former girlfriend-turned-trusted-friend.  She’s a horrible dancer, but no one dares tell her. 

The final episode of “Seinfeld” aired in 1998, nearly 10 years after the first episode aired. But Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine live on in TV eternity, providing a daily “Festivus” for “the rest of us.” 

Yada. Yada.  

(*)Thanks, Wikipedia. 


If you’re a fan, check out MidPointeLibrary’s collection of “Seinfield” TV shows on DVD as well as books (like “Seinfeldia”): > Catalog Search > Seinfeld