Enter your email address Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. President Richard Nixon welcomes home Apollo 13 astronauts Fred Haise, Jim Lovell, and Jack Swigert on April 17, 1970.Courtesy of NASA First Name This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Last Name The Road to HoustonBy Al ReinertFrom “So Long, Cosmic Cowboys,” originally published in March 1973Back in 1961, Lyndon Johnson, then vice president and chairman of the Space Council, and Houston congressman Albert Thomas, chairman, as chance would have it, of the very same House Appropriations subcommittee that passed on the NASA budget, were both laboring on behalf of a Houston site, lobbying the members of NASA’s Site Selection Team who were searching about for a logical (or, barring that, profitable) location for their soon-to-be-funded Manned Spacecraft Center. “The road to the Moon,” Thomas reportedly told NASA administrator James Webb, “lies through Houston.” An unlikely trajectory in most contexts but in the halls of Congress, where Thomas was right on. Houston it would be.Longing for LunaBy Al ReinertFrom “Moon Struck,” originally published in July 1979They had all seen the moon before, of course. Indeed, there was never a druid more obsessed with the moon than the astronauts in the Apollo program; no fertility cult had ever watched it with such care and close attention, or with greater devotion. It was the moon alone that gave meaning to the lives of Apollo astronauts, so when they saw it at night they must have genuinely yearned for it.The Price of CompetenceBy Al ReinertFrom “Tiptoeing on the Ocean of Storms,” originally published in November 1984The flight of Apollo 12 was 100 percent successful in the view of Mission Control: all objectives met, everything according to plan. The crew safely splashed down 10 days, 4 hours, and 36 minutes after blastoff, a mere 3.5 nautical miles from their prime recovery ship. They were welcomed home, appropriately feted, decorated by the president. Apollo 12 was only the second lunar-landing flight, but already the routine was becoming obvious. Only the government could send someone to the moon and back and make it boring.One Brief, Shining MomentBy Skip HollandsworthFrom “Shooting the Moon,” originally published in July 1995The film [Apollo 13] will give others the chance to recall what already feels like an archaic period of American life—a golden age when a group of brilliant engineers and astronauts, living in those raw, new neighborhoods of Clear Lake, were gripped with a grandiose fever to get to the moon. It was a time when technology meant something other than the internet or a five-hundred-channel TV set. It was a time when the word “Houston” exerted a thrilling force in people’s lives. In a strange way, despite a war in Vietnam and race riots at home, it was a time when some of us believed that a brave new world was at hand. Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily.
YOU’RE invited to a special evening with Mal Meninga and guests.The Queensland State of Origin Coach and St Helens legend is heading to Langtree Park on November 6 for a unique dinner.He will be joined by Peter Gorley, Harry Pinner and Neil Holding – the players he starred alongside on his debut for the club in 1984.Mal scored two tries and two goals in a 30-16 win over Castleford at Knowsley Road and is the biggest name in world Rugby League.Starting at 7.30pm, the evening will feature stories and nostalgia from this top class panel as well as a sumptuous three course meal.All hosted by Saints very own voice of Rugby League Ray French MBE.It is priced at £35.There is also a special premium package which includes an arrival drink, priority table at the dinner and an exclusive meet and greet with the panel. The price for that is £500 for a table of ten or £50 per head.To book your place contact the Langtree Park events team on 01744 455 086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SAINTS lie just 80 minutes from Old Trafford but must overcome a resurgent and in form Catalan at Langtree Park on Thursday to progress.Nathan Brown’s charges had a week off following their superb 41-0 victory over Castleford Tigers whilst the Dragons have beaten both Leeds and Huddersfield to set up the semi-final date.And the games between the two sides are split too – Saints recording a 40-22 win at Langtree Park in March only for Catalan to strike back emphatically in June at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.A big Thursday (Oct 2) night is in store as both teams battle it out to face either Wigan or Warrington in the Grand Final.Tickets for the game are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.They are priced at £18 for adults, £15 for concessions and £7 juniors (seating) and £15, £13 and £5 (standing).Back #OurSaints as we aim for Old Trafford.