A favorite story from my teaching days

The first time I saw the “Earthrise” photo taken by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders on Christmas Eve, 1968, I was astonished by the image of our lovely living planet suspended in the depths of space above the bleak lunar surface. I eventually bought a black and white reproduction which I tacked up on the bulletin board in my classroom.

During passing time one day, I noticed a student staring hard at the picture, and I said, “You really like that photo, don’t you.”

“It’s really cool,” he said. And then in all innocence he asked, “Did you take it, Mr. S?”

What could I say that wouldn’t make the kid feel foolish? After a couple of beats, I managed, “No, but I sure wish I had.”

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