Marty's Musings



Neil Armstrong's death at age 82:

Saturday, I attended my wife’s 50-Year Class Reunion…On the day an American Hero passed away…During 2012, several important figures of my youth have passed: Dick Clark…Ron Santo and now Neil Armstrong. I will always remember that day in July 1969 sitting in the National Guard Armory in Green Bay huddled around a TV set watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin {who I later met} land on our Moon. Neil was the quiet hero who shunned the spotlight. But he will be remembered as America beat the Soviet Union in the Space Race. It see that our space program now has to pay those same Russians just to get to the Space Station. At least our Mars Rover made it in 2012. But talking with many of my wife’s classmates…we all thought "Where has 50 years gone…Weren’t we just in high school a few years ago…or starting our careers and thinking big thoughts." Like my wife and her great friends from Cadott, Wisconsin, I cherish friends from early years in Chicago. They are great people I still admire all these years later. But it sad to watch Video now on TV of the young Neil Armstrong climb down and say “THAT WAS ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND” that day in 1969...I was 26 years old that year.

  • ·         Huffington Post: Its page-leading banner reads, "One Giant Loss for Mankind."
  • Armstrong family: "The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
  • Associated Press: He was a "quiet, self-described 'nerdy' engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved US pilot he made 'one giant leap for mankind' with the first step on the moon."
  • President Obama: "Neil was among the greatest of American heroes—not just of his time, but of all time."
  • "A figure so large in American and world history that you can bet many generations from now people will still be talking about him, as well as his moon landing."
  • Houston Chronicle: "Armstrong was the face of what is arguably America's top technological triumph, but for those who knew him in the spaceflight community, he quietly led by setting a good example."
  • Washington Post: He "marked an epochal achievement in exploration with 'one small step'" and thus became one of "the most heroized Americans of the 1960s Cold War space race."
  • The Guardian: Those famous words—"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind"—still "endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language."

So enjoy your life and your friends……It goes by way too fast…………………Marty

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