IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Moon over Chappaquiddick

At the last minute I caught the 6:49 PM bus to Danbury South Cinemas to see CHAPPAQUIDDICK.

For the most part, it was good. It brought back many reminders of my childhood in July 1969 as the world focused on the moon landing and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon’s surface.

First of all, Kennedy clan matriarch, Rose Kennedy, was never seen not mentioned. A Kennedy cousin, Ann, attended to Joseph Kennedy, Sr..

Where was Rose?

The movie led us through the events of the tragedy beginning Friday night, July 18, 1969.

The moon was full.

Sunday night, July 20 came around in the movie and former members of John Kennedy’s cabinet celebrated Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

Outside the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port the moon was half.

The very next scene hovered over the Edgartown Bridge where the wreck happened and the moon was full, again.

Was Neil Armstrong throwing a damn switch up there?

I am not an expert on the moon but it seems it may have been half by the time the events of Chappaquiddick unfolded.

Check out the moon’s phase for July 1969:  July 1969 Moon Phases

I give the movie an A.

Wait… where was Rose Kennedy throughout all this?


Oh… and that damned moon!


About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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