By Ed Nicholson
The day began early today, as the core RAGBRAI team headed out for Villisca at 4:30 A.M. to meet folks from Council Bluffs and Omaha at 6:00. The profits from today’s food sales went to the Churches Intercouncil Food Bank of Villasca.
I got started a little bit later, staying back to post some stuff here. As I was driving into the Iowa sunrise, I was reminded by NPR that 40 years ago today, man first set foot on the moon.
I’m old enough to remember it well, having been in front of the TV with the family as Walter Cronkite (RIP, Walter) exclaimed, "Man on the moon! Oh boy!" It was an event surrounded by wonder and hope: If we could accomplish this, it was going to be a marvelous future.
And there have indeed been some wonderous advancements. The fact that you’re reading this on a communications channel that didn’t exist back then is evidence.
But the sad fact is, there are still a billion people on this planet, many of whom are dying, without adequate nourishment. If we can figure out how to put a man on the moon, surely we can figure out how to feed the world’s population.
I’m awfully proud of the team I worked with today, who at least made one small step in that direction.