"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.
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 : https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/stanley_reinartz_biography_2.pdf
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.