There was a tremendous fuss about it, even though Telstar 1 itself was quite little and non-scary: less than a metre long, and covered in solar panels:
I have no idea at all what they were playing, and probably neither did many of their viewers in Europe. The world was a larger place, then.
Anyway, President Kennedy spoke a bit later on, and his remarks immediately strengthened the dollar.
Telstar was at once seen to be a mighty force for bringing the peoples of the world together. Walter Crondike, one of the programme's anchors, said: 'we all glimpsed something of the true power of the instrument we had wrought'.
Still, none of them had an idea of the half of it, did they?
Word To Use Today: Telstar. I can't find the derivation of this word, but I assume it's a mixture of telecommunications, because that was what it did, and star, because in among the stars was where it appeared to be. Tel comes from the Greek tele, meaning far, and star comes from the Old English steorra.