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MSU Moonfest | Pop-Up Stories

Abrams Planetarium Pop-Up Stories crowd photo
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WKAR hosted a Pop-Up Stories event at MSU's Abrams Planetarium on July 19.

WKAR and the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University celebrated the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon with a weekend of activities July 19-21. Hundreds of people gathered at the planetarium to mark the occasion with events that included a return of WKAR's Pop-Up Stories.

In case you missed Pop-Up Stories on July 19, we've collected them here. Enjoy!

Tamara Hicks-Syron photo
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WKAR Pop-Up Storyteller Tamara Hicks-Syron

Tamara Hicks-Syron's story was about becoming geeked about science at an early age.

Jim Karenko
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Jim Karenko was a fan of the Tom Swift science fiction books as a younster.

Jim Karenko was turned on to the science fiction stories about a young inventer named Tom Swift. He brought a copy of a Tom Swift book to tell his Pop-Up story.

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Jim Karenko's Pop-Up Story

Jackie Payne photo
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In 1969, Jackie Payne's wedding was approaching at the same time Apollo 11 approached the moon

As the Apollo 11 spacecraft was heading to the moon, Jackie Payne was worried that her approaching wedding ceremony might take a back seat to news coverage of the mission.

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Jackie Payne's Pop-Up Story

Tom Sampson photo
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Tom Sampson says soldiers in Vietnam didn't hear about the first steps on the moon right away.

Tom Sampson was in the Army when Neil Armstrong took that first step onto the surface of the moon. It took a while for the news to reach Vietnam.

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Tom Sampson's Pop-Up Story
Leslie Johnson photo
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Leslie Johnson has taken up learning about science later in life.

For Leslie Johnson, the astronauts who walked on the moon played a big role in her evolution from English major to studying science later in life.

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Leslie Johnson's Pop-Up Story

Mike Cox photo
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Seeing an astronaut wearing glasses was a revelation for Mike Cox.

Mike Cox dreamed of becoming an astronaut, but always figured that he'd never reach that goal because of his eyeglasses.

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Mike Cox's Pop-Up Story

John French photo
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John French used his ukelele to tell his story about Neil Armstrong.

John French of Abrams Planetarium wrapped up WKAR's MSU Moonfest Pop-Up Stories event with a tale of meeting Neil Armstrong, and he concluded his story with a song.

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John French's Pop-Up Story

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