53 years ago, America’s Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the moon. For those of us old enough to remember this event, we have that day permanently etched on our minds. I was an almost 14-year-old kid skateboarding down Missouri Avenue— we interrupted our jumps and rolls to watch the events unfold on a black and white television as they happened.

So, why am I saying all of this? Am I attempting to mark the occasion for some reason? Sorta kinda but not really. Historically America’s landing on the moon was a big event. Talk about going where no man had ever gone before! Yet, I also realize that the majority of people alive today have no recollection of this event. I believe it is safe to say that anyone under the age of 42 or 43 remembers nothing about the first moon landing. Perhaps subsequent landings, but maybe not that first one in 1969. Furthermore, we haven’t been back to the moon in over 30 years. How many people alive today only know about these events through history books?

Okay, I am no longer a spring chicken but I haven’t hit the Jurassic Age either. Still, when writing about events of long ago there is one thing I must occasionally remind myself: don’t assume people know what you are talking about. This principle holds more truth for whatever type of writing you do: spell out acronyms, expound on your thoughts and ideas, and always make it clear and concise so your readers get the full understanding of what you are conveying. Your readership may be a lot younger, much less informed, or simply unable to comprehend what you are trying to purvey. Give background information even when it seems your readers should know what you are writing about.

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