Space 3D Podcast

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Season 2, Episode 10: "I Was A Teenage Space Reporter" with David Chudwin, Part 1


Recently, cohosts Eleanor O’Rangers and Tom Hill had the pleasure of interviewing David Chudwin, a fellow space enthusiast who Eleanor had become acquainted with during her time living in the greater Chicago area. Little did she know that this mild-mannered physician allergist was soon to become a space author! It turns out that David has an interesting story to tell with a connection to the Apollo 11 moon launch… and 50 years later, he has published his memoirs from that time, entitled, “I was a Teenage Space Reporter.” In part 1 of our Space 3D interview with David, he recounts how he got the opportunity, along with a friend of his, to travel to Cape Canaveral to cover the Apollo 11 launch as a student reported for the Michigan Daily


David Chudwin headshot  Book cover


David Chudwin, MD was the only college journalist accredited by NASA to cover the 1969 Apollo 11 launch and first landing on the Moon. At age 19, he was one of only a handful of teenagers with official press passes at the Kennedy Space Center for the launch.

Chudwin has been a writer since high school, when he was a reporter and an editor of his high school newspaper, The Torch. He then attended the University of Michigan where he was a reporter and an editor of The Michigan Daily, becoming the Managing Editor for the Class of 1972. During this time, he covered the Apollo 11 launch for the College Press Service Wire Network and The Daily. He was also selected to attend a summer journalism program at Ohio State University that involved an internship on the copy desk of The Cleveland Press.

He decided to go into medicine instead of journalism, but as a result of his Apollo 11 experiences he developed a life-long interest in space exploration. Chudwin has written about Apollo 11 in a variety of media, including magazines (Spaceflight), hobby publications (Astrophile) and online (collectSPACE and a Facebook series of 70 daily posts in 2014). He has spoken about Apollo 11 at schools and at space meetings, including Spacefest in 2016. Chudwin is well known in the space community, and Apollo astronauts such as Charlie Duke, Fred Haise, Jack Lousma and Al Worden wrote endorsements for this book.

He has been an active blogger online, participating in blogs about space history, space memorabilia, unmanned planetary exploration and the Apollo program. Chudwin is one of the original members of the Space Hipsters group on Facebook, comprising over 16,000 of the most dedicated and influential space enthusiasts around the world.

Chudwin received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and had further medical training at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of California, San Francisco. He is a practicing allergist/immunologist in the Chicago suburbs. He is the author of over 30 medical research publications and has been a peer reviewer for research articles about space medicine. He was married and has two grown children, Adam and Stacy, both of whom are interested in the space program but not to the same extent as their dad. He lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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