50 years ago on December 21st, Apollo 8 was launched as the first manned spacecraft to reach and orbit the moon and return safely to Earth.
On Christmas Eve, the fourth day of their flight, Foothiller Astronaut Bill Anders took one of the most iconic photographs in history: the first photograph of Earth from above the surface of the moon. The celebrated photo later named "Earthrise" became a symbol of the environmental movement and one of the most celebrated photos ever.
Recently, Bill shared with us this reflection, " In short, it's ironic that Apollo 8 came to explore the moon, but what we really discovered was the earth---small, beautiful, fragile, physically and astronomically insignificant yet humankind's home that we need to take better care of.”
In November 2018, two craters on the moon were named to honor the historic flight and Bill's iconic photograph.
Bobbie and her husbandwere featured in a recent edition of 360, The Magazine of SDSU for their philanthropy. They have become generous donors with consistent financial gifts to the athletics program and to the College of Education and their participation to the Aztec Mentor Program.
Foothiller Travis Hitt, Class of 1972, was a part of GHS's early 1970's great CIF teams!
Travis played at SDSU during the Don Coryell years!
Below is the news release describing Travis at State.
Travis Hitt (Football)
Won four letters on The Mesa ... Received honorable mention All-America distinction from UPI in 1976 … Named team's most valuable player and defensive player of the year as a senior (1976) … Garnered first-team all-PCAA accolades after recording a team-high 153 tackes during his junior campaign (1975) (team played as an independent his senior season) … Set the school record (has since been matched) with 17 assisted tackles against New Mexico (Nov. 27, 1976) … Played on teams that posted a combined 35-7-2 record and finished the 1973 and 1974 campaigns ranked 19th nationally by UPI.
Joe Musgove, Class of 2011, and a starting pitcher for the Pitsburgh Pirates, pitched at Petco Park June 29, 2018 in front of family, friends, and Foothillers. Steve Brault, Class of 2010, is also a relief pitcher for the Pittsburg Steelers. "Pitching in front of at least 75 friends and family members, the right-hander tossed seven shutout innings against his hometown team. Musgrove (3-3) was facing the Padres for the first time in his three-year big league career. He allowed seven singles while striking out five and walking two.":
If you would like to "meet" Edna in person, we have a DVD of an interview we did of Edna in her home, about her Grossmont High School memories.