13 Feb 2022
One morning in 1969 in Zambia I entered my classroom at the remote Mwinilunga
High School, which had no television or electricity, with a two-band battery radio
so that my students would hear the momentous moon landing.
The BBC crackle was bad. I switched over to a French-speaking station. The radio
announcer’s voice came through the static. I could just hear the French version of
the astronaut’s words and translated them for my students:
‘One small footstep for man and a giant footstep for humanity’.
The class cheered, not at my translation, but because Neil Armstrong was on the Moon.