For many, this was an event to which they paid intermittent attention, and quickly forgot afterward. For me, however, it was an event that shaped the rest of my life. I decided that I wanted to become a scientist/engineer who can be involved in projects like this; the moon may have been captured, but many celestial objects are yet to be reached: Mars, Venus, maybe even Pluto. After 40 years, humanity still did not figure out an efficient way to send manned spaceships beyond the moon, but the dream remains and our robot machines are already digging the surface of the Mars. As for me, due to practical matters, I became an electrical engineer and then a computer scientist, but still a constant admirer and avid reader of space exploration.
I am grateful to those who made the landing on the moon possible; without their implicit encouragement, an unpretentious boy from that northeastern, remote town of Turkey would have never received a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from University of California.