General Charles Moss Duke , Jr. will be our special guest speaker on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cultural Center.
In 1972, Apollo 16 astronaut, Charlie Duke, became the tenth man to walk on the moon. He, along with astronaut John Young, performed the Apollo mission with an enthusiasm and humor that entranced their vast TV audience. He has been delighting audiences ever since.
Gifted with the combined abilities of storytelling and challenging others, Charlie is in demand worldwide as a keynote and motivational speaker. He has set goals and attained them. He is a man who not only entertains, but encourages and inspires others to reach their goals and beyond.
Charles Duke was born in Charlotte, NC in 1935. Led by a desire to serve his country, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Following graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force, and thus began a life-long love of flying. Over the years as a fighter pilot, test pilot, and then encouraged by his commandant Chuch Yeager to become an Apollo astronaut, his love of adventure grew to the pinnacle of achievement when on April 20, 1972, he and John Young landed on the surface of the moon. Their stay on the moon was a record-setting 71 hours and 14 minutes.
Since his retirement from NASA in 1975, Charlie has been active in several busnisses. He is presently owner of Charlie Duke Enterprises (which has produced space videos) and is president of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation in Titusville, FL.
General Charles Moss Duke is a speaker you don’t want to miss. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us as we welcome this outstanding speaker on May 1, 2014. Ticket Information
Video of Charlie Duke and John Young on the moon.
The television camera mounted on the lunar rover records the astronauts photographing each other beside the flag. Duke appears first, getting into position beyond the flag. Young walks into view and does a “Big Navy Salute” by bending his knees slightly, springing about half a metre off the ground, and saluting.