The man behind the moon… landing
Just a few portraits from the weekend.
This first one is of Mr. Eldon Hall, who was managing MIT’s Draper Lab when they developed the navigation computer for Apollo 11. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, Hall gave a speech at MIT to show off some of the old school tech they sent up there.
7.19.2009 - WESTWOOD, Mass. - Eldon Hall was supervising MIT's Draper Lab in the 1960s when his team developed the navigational computers for the Apollo missions to the moon. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Hall will be giving a speech at MIT on July 20, 2009, showcasing some of the technology that was used in the original computer. Though he was present for the launch, he watched the actual landing a few days later with his wife, Grace R. W. Hall, from their home back in Massachusetts.
This next one is of Josh Gerber, owner of the 1369 Coffee Shop in Cambridge’s Central Square. He thought he was awkward and non-photogenic for some reason, but clearly, the man plays well in front of the camera!
7.20.2009 - CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Josh Gerber, owner of 1369 Coffee Shop in Central Square, says he enjoys the competition from the Starbucks down the street on Mass Ave. Despite Starbucks' marketing strategy to rebrand itself as a neighborhood coffee shop, Gerber says he expects his regulars to keep coming. 'I think people are just starting to get tired of Starbucks,' he said. But still, he said his own shop, which he purchased from another owner 7 years ago, owes much to its corporate competitor for making espresso and lattes mainstream.
I had to photograph him for a story on Starbucks changing their name in their Seattle shops to seem more like a local coffee shop, which would seemingly try to put them at odds with actual local coffee shops like Josh’s. Anyway, relax, Josh! Photos turned out great!