Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My age is showing again

Leave it to my middle school students to remind me of how times have changed.

This week, I am showing my 7th graders the wonderful 1995 film Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton. I always end the year with this film as my 7th graders have just finished learning about the Age of Exploration, and it is fun to compare the mystery and danger of space travel to the experiences of the European explorers as they set sail across the vast, unknown oceans.

During the scene where everyone at Mission Control in Houston is giving the Go-No Go for launch, there are quite a few people sitting at their work stations smoking cigarettes.

One of my astonished students asked me, "Mr. Chandler, can they smoke in there like that?"

Do remember, we live in California, and it is no longer 1970.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

1 comment:

Hube said...

LOL ... it just so happens my 16 yr. old daughter was watching "Saturday Night Fever" w/me the other night and she asked precisely the same thing -- about the night club and various restaurants the stars frequented!