Garden City, N.Y. - For the first-time ever, key figures who made the summer of 1969 the most momentous summer in U.S. history will be coming together at New York's Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to jointly celebrate the 45th anniversaries of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, the Woodstock Festival and the amazing '69 MetsWorld Series win with a new exhibit, "Summer of 1969," featuring photographs and artifacts from all three historic events. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Fred Haise (Apollo 13) and Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7) will be participating in opening weekend festivities at the Museum, as will Woodstock organizers Artie Kornfeld and Joel Rosenman. Former Mets stars Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool and Bud Harrelson will be participating in a press event at the Museum during the opening weekend, followed by their inclusion, along with other '69 Mets, in an anniversary-related event in September for the general public.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest collections of air and spacecraft in the world, which are arranged in eight galleries that take visitors through over 100 years of air and space history. To put the summer of 1969 into a retrospective, the Summer of '69 exhibit will feature photographs, rare video footage and artifacts from the Apollo space program, Woodstock and the Mets. For the Apollo portion of the exhibit, the Museum will have fifty photographs on loan from Mr. George Tibball, plus a variety of artifacts including Neil Armstrong's flight suit and a small moon rock. A collection of fiftyWoodstock-related images by photographer Elliott Landy and artifacts from the actual festival on loan by the Museum at BethelWoods (site of the Woodstock Festival) will take visitors on a trip "back to the garden." And, finally, relics from Shea Stadium, autographed sports memorabilia and photographs will bring to mind how the Mets went from being a mediocre team to winning the World Series.
The opening celebration of the "Summer of 69" will include a variety of special events:
Friday, July 11, 7:30pm-8:30pm: An Evening with Apollo Astronauts Walt Cunningham and Fred Haise. Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise and Apollo 7 Astronaut Walt Cunningham will discuss their missions, followed by a Q&A session. Tickets are $20.00 for the general public and $15.00 for museum members.
Saturday, July 12, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm: Meet Legendary Woodstock Festival Organizer Artie Kornfeld. Composer, publisher, producer, manager and promoter Artie Kornfeld will share his recollections with visitors about Woodstock, as well as his experiences in the music industry during the dawn of the rock and roll era. Free with museum admission.
Saturday, July 12, 12pm-4pm: Apollo Space Program Reunion. Opportunity for former Lunar Module workers to get together to share stories and experiences. Free museum admission for Lunar Module workers on July 12th.
Saturday, July 12, 6pm: Apollo 11 Dinner. The public is invited to join Apollo Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Walt Cunningham and Fred Haise for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with these American heroes. Woodstock Organizers Artie Kornfeld and Joel Rosenman will be in attendance, too, as we also celebrate Woodstock and the '69 Mets. Dinner tickets are $100 for the general public and $50 for former Lunar Module workers. Reservations are required.
Tickets for the Evening with the Astronauts are available online at http://www.cradleofaviation.org/ or can be purchased by calling the Cradle of Aviation Museum at (516) 572-4066. Reservations for the Apollo 11 Dinner can be made by calling the Museum at (516) 572-4066.
An event planned for September with members of the '69 Mets will be announced later in the summer.
The Summer of '69 Celebration was created byMarvin Baum of Baum Image group, who also created the Woodstock 35th Anniversary Celebration in 2004. Baum developed the Woodstock exhibit portion of the Summer of '69 with photographer Elliott Landy and the support of the Cradle of Aviation staff. Additional assistance was provided by the Museum at Bethel Woods with their loan of festival-related artifacts.
Buzz Aldrin - One of the third group of astronauts selected by NASA in 1963, Aldrin flew with Jim Lovell on Gemini 12 in 1966. He then served as Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission. Aldrin followed Neil Armstrong onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. He logged a total of over 289 hours in space, as well as almost 8 hours in EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity).
Fred Haise - One of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966, he served as backup lunar module pilot for the Apollo 8 and 11 missions and backup spacecraft commander for the Apollo 16 mission. He was the lunar module pilot on the famed Apollo 13 mission and has logged 142 hours in space. During the Apollo 13 mission, Haise, along with astronauts Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert, converted the lunar module into a "lifeboat" after an explosion cancelled the original flight plan to the moon.
Walt Cunningham- One of the third group of astronauts selected by NASA in 1963, Mr. Cunningham occupied the lunar module pilot seat for the eleven day flight of Apollo 7 in October of 1968, the first manned test flight in the Apollo program. Along with AstronautsWally Schirra and Donn Eisele, the successful flight tested all the aircraft systems leading to the Apollo 11's landing on the moon.
Artie Kornfeld - Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Mr. Kornfeld wrote or co-wrote over 75 top Billboard 100 hit songs including "The Pied Piper" and Jan and Dean's "Deadman's Curve". At just 24 years old, he had become the music industry's first-ever Vice President of Rock & Roll at Capitol Records. Artists signed, developed and/or promoted by Kornfeld included: Neil Young, Debbi Harry, Bruce Springsteen, Jan and Dean, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and manymore.
Joel Rosenman - A Long Islander from Cold Spring Harbor, NY, Woodstock Festival Organizer Rosenman was originally a featured vocalist in several bands from Sardinia to Las Vagas, In his post- Woodstock years, he focused on a variety of capital projects ranging from startups to leveraged buyouts to fund raising for various charities. Rosenman currently serves as Managing Director of Woodstock Ventures.
ABOUT THE CRADLE OF AVIATION MUSEUM
The Cradle of Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest collections of air and spacecraft in the world arranged in eight galleries that take visitors through over 100 years of air and space history. The Cradle is located on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, also known as "Museum Row," in the Garden City/Uniondale area, across from the Nassau Coliseum and next to Nassau Community College. For reservations and information, please call 516-572-4066 or visit http://www.cradleofaviation.org/.
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Andrew Parton, Director
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Marvin Baum, Creator: "Summer of ‘69" Cradle of Aviation
Museum Baum Image Group, Inc.