Even after over four decades, I still remember May 25, 1973. I was eleven years old at the time and within weeks of finishing fifth grade. It was a Friday and the last school day before the long Memorial Day weekend. It was also the day NASA launched the delayed Skylab 2 mission. While I had managed to watch television coverage of the launches of many earlier Apollo missions because they happened during weekends or school vacations and so on, I was going to miss this launch because of school. But what really made this day memorable for me was my father: he had taken the day off from work to prepare for our departure for a long-weekend trip to visit relatives as soon as my siblings and I got home from school. Knowing I would miss the launch, my father made a cassette tape recording of the television news coverage for me to listen to when I had time (this was a decade before my parents got their first video recorder so an audio recording was the best that could be done back then).
Newspaper clipping from the author’s collection about the Skylab 2 launch on May 25, 1973.