Believe it or not, there has not been a visible total eclipse in North America since 1979. They've popped up in other place around the world since then, but this is the first time in 38 years Americans will be able to see one, which is kind of a big deal if you're a huge fan of the moon. Or even just a fan of the movie Moon with Sam Rockwell. OK, maybe not necessarily that, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a pretty great movie.
Rare or not, people are going back and seeing how the US reacted to the last solar eclipse. Some people have uncovered this now-viral and very touching clip from the February 26, 1979 broadcast of ABC News.
In the clip, news anchor Frank Reynolds hopes that the next eclipse falls "on a world at peace." Obviously, things didn't quite turn out that way and people can't help but feel like we let Mr. Reynolds, and the moon, down. I feel like the 70s were a simpler time. Sure, there was an abundance of cocaine everywhere, but at least you had news anchors praying for world peace and all that good stuff.
The next total eclipse in North America will be in 2024. Hopefully, we'll get things together by then. It's difficult to stay positive about that, especially with all of the craziness going around America and the world ever since Trump was elected into office. There are a lot of angry people out there who want to blame others for the way their lives turned out. Whether it's immigrants, people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, or just the "damn liberals" there's a lot of hate on both sides flinging angry poo at each other.
[h/t AV Club]
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