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Retired astronaut Jim Lovell was in Chicago Monday to recreate Apollo 8's famous Christmas Eve broadcast from 1968. The original transmission came at the end of a tumultuous year.

With a seemingly intractable war in Vietnam, riots in American cities, and the assassination of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy — things were not looking up at Christmas 1968. It was against this backdrop that we heard from the three men aboard the first manned flight to the moon.

McGroarty says one of the most memorable events of the month was having breakfast with astronaut Jim Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 mission.
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Most people who have had an enjoyable trip to a museum have likely wondered what it would be like to stay after it closed — getting the run of the place after everyone else has gone home. No waiting in line. No restrictions or velvet ropes to stand behind.