1969 was one magical year. A man landed on the moon. Nearly half a million people descended on Woodstock. The Jets and the Mets were both champions for the first time. And in that same adventurous spirit, four local volunteers came together to form what would become EAC Network. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, join us in remembering one of the most memorable years in recent history.
The Most Memorable Milestones of 1969
EAC Network was formed in 1969, a year that saw some things happen that nobody, even Joe Namath, could have predicted. Before the 1970s, Neil Armstrong took a giant leap for mankind and, closer to home, a new social services organization, called the Education Assistance Corporation, set forth on its quest to create social change. For these reasons and others, the year 1969 was one for the ages.
The New York Jets Win Super Bowl III
On January 12, the New York Jets played the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. The Jets were led by Joe Namath, a lefty quarterback with a big arm and an even bigger mouth. Three days before the game started, Broadway Joe famously guaranteed his team’s victory over its heavily-favored opponent. To everyone’s surprise, the Jets made good on the promise, becoming the first American Football League team to win a Super Bowl title.
The Moon Landing
On July 20, more than 500 million people watched live on television as Apollo 11 landed a man on the moon for the first time. American astronaut Neil Armstrong took the historic first steps on the moon, while saying the now-classic line, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This historic landing came just eight years after President John F. Kennedy pledged that man would be on the moon by the end of the decade.
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair
Woodstock is another reason that 1969 was a milestone in American history. On August 15 of that year, nearly half a million people flocked to a dairy farm in upstate New York to take part in a three-day music festival, featuring acts like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and The Grateful Dead. It was a weekend that came to define a whole generation. Fifty years later, Woodstock is still synonymous with the counterculture movement that defined the 1960s.
The New York Mets Win the World Series
Before 1969, the New York Mets were nothing more than a group of “lovable losers” from Queens. The team, which was founded in 1962, spent most of its first seven years as the laughingstocks of Major League Baseball. But then in 1969, something magical happened. The Mets started winning and they didn’t stop. They won the division title, the pennant, the World Series, and the hearts of New York baseball fans.
EAC Network Begins its Service to New Yorkers
In that same special year, EAC Network, originally known as the Education Assistance Corporation, was formed to help young people take advantage of vocational and educational opportunities. Much like The Mets, EAC Network started from humble beginnings. We were started by a small group of creative, committed, and energetic New Yorkers. Now, 50 years later, EAC Network has grown to include over 100 programs and services that protect children, promote healthy families and communities, help seniors, and empower individuals to take control of their lives.
Join us in celebrating a half century of service to the community at the Golden Anniversary Gala on November 20, 2019 at The Fox Hollow in Woodbury.