Off to Israel

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

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"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

For the next week my posting might be lighter than usual. Today I am heading to Israel to visit family and do a bit of sightseeing. Whether I have sufficient access to the internet to keep up with events as well as continue to post will not be clear until I get there and get settled in.

In the meantime, I will also be celebrating my sixtieth birthday while in Israel. If you have been a regular reader of Behind the Black and would like to help me celebrate this milestone with a donation to the website, I would be most grateful. The tip jar is located at the bottom of the right column, just below the search box.


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  • Chris Kirkendall

    Happy 60th, Bob ! ! I’ve got a couple years on ya – I’ll be 62 at end of Feb. Have a great time in Israel – that is #1 one my list of places to visit. I’ll make a donation as well…

  • jwing

    Shalom Robert,

    Happy 60 revolutions around the sun. Take care, enjoy and be safe.

    Rapid City, SD

  • Chris Kirkendall

    re: “Happy 60 revolutions around the sun” – quite an appropriate greeting for this site ! !

    Doing a few quick calculations, Earth’s orbit’s radius of 93 Million miles, double that to get the diam = 196 M X 3.14159 (pi) = 584 M miles per circuit, X 60 = a little over 35 Billion mi traveled ! ! I’ve got 2 additional revs myself, so a little over 36 B for me…

  • jwing


    We’re really all space travelers.

  • Chris Kirkendall

    TRUE ! !

  • Pzatchok

    Happy B-day and have a great vacation.

  • JGL

    I hope you will be sharing your observations related to what is really going on over there, either as

    it happens or when you get back. Im sure you and many others on this site do not trust the

    media / journalists / government on either side of any issue for an objective view.

    Safe trip.

  • wodun

    Happy B-Day and have fun on your vacation. 60 is the new 40.

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Good suggestion to share any “on the ground” observations from Israel. Please stay safe ! !

    Re: 60 is the new 40. – I feel about 42 ! !

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