Sputnik Moment: The point at which circumstance reveals unambiguously the need to change.
(from the Urban Dictionary)
“Then up went Sputnik and gave the world a butt-kick.” Leslie Fish (see video below)
“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.” President Barack Obama, from the January 2011 State of the Union Address
The day after making his “Sputnik moment” comment during the 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama was in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.Mr. Obama said he did not know about the Manitowoc/Sputnik connection when the trip was planned.
While touring Orion Energies, the President said “I couldn’t have made this up. It wasn’t until I was on my way here that I found out that a chunk of metal came crashing down to the Earth right here. I promise you, we did not plan this originally. Press won’t believe me. It turns out that it was part of a satellite called Sputnik that landed right here, and that set the Space Race into motion.”
Visit Manitowoc on September 7 and have your own “Sputnik Moment.” Planet Terry