One of the most amazing things that I remember about the launch was being able to feel the seven million pounds of thrust vibrate the ground that I was standing on. And I was many miles from the launch pad.Same here. I took my family to see it. Pulling into a parking area, it was still fairly dark, and the giant Saturn 5 was lit by floodlights. It was like a science fiction set, but better because it was real. I still get watery eyes thinking about that scene and the liftoff. Later we drove to Kitty Hawk NC and watched the landing on a motel TV.
I was raised on Ray Bradbury, this seemed to pull everything together...