CHICAGO (CBS) — Forty-five years ago, Chicago threw a huge ticker-tape parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts, who were just back to Earth from the first moon landing.
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, on Aug. 13, 1969, jubilant Chicagoans packed LaSalle Street to celebrate the historic achievement of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.
Marilyn Quiroz and her co-workers in an insurance office overlooking the parade route opened the windows to throw out confetti and ticker tape. She recorded the parade with her 8mm video camera.
“We were just hanging out the windows, with my 8mm Kodak camera, and I climbed up the lightpole right out in front of the office, and when they drove by, I started taking pictures,” she said.