Remembering the moon walk, and some events from 45 years ago

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The astronauts weren't the only ones providing an entertaining moon walk for folks in Salisbury 45 years ago, according to the newspaper from July 21, 1969.

President Richard M. Nixon called it "the greatest moment of our time" when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the surface of the moon.

The front page of the paper reported the moon landing and the walk in great detail with no less than five separate stories on the front page alone.

Locally, the big story was also a moon walk not quite in the same orbit as the Apollo 11 adventure.

In Salisbury, a naked man was seen by several people as he walked along Council Street. According to the newspaper account, police were able to follow the man's progress solely by the phone calls that came into the police dispatcher.  Police found the man in the 500 block of E. Council.  He was given a blanket, then charged with indecent exposure and public drunkenness.

Of course, the real moon walk was the big story, and the Post asked locals what they thought of the history making event.

"It was the most amazing thing I've ever witnessed," one man told the Post reporter.  I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it on television.  I just pray that the men will return safe.  It must mean great progress ahead."

"Now let's see the Russians tops us," said one local businessman.  "It was great, just great.  The Russians will probably try to tell us they've got something to top us, but just let them show us if they have."