Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8320 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1925 times:
An exceptional man, with the exceptional levels of courage needed for that mission.
I remember watching that first step - in Sasebo, Japan. Our ship was there on a bit of R&R + Maintenance and I watched Armstrong's first watch from the TV on the mess deck. Almost as amazing as the actual walk was the TV station, who would briefly break away from the moon to show the local people in a movie theater watching the walk live. That day was not just a special day for Americans, it was an amazing day for the world. And people around the world were glued to their TV stations.
I believe that there will be sadness all over this world as the news spreads. So many people are too young to have been able to experience this exception event, but there are enough of os old enough to remember, and to feel a special sadness.
Indeed but due to the big news story and for those of us that don't visit that forum I thought it deserved it's own thread in here too. When such a iconic figure dies I'm sure many will want to discuss his achievements and life.
GEEZER From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1872 times:
I hadn't heard of this yet; I have followed Neil Armstrong's remarkable career ever since the "race to space" came about.
Neil Armstrong was born and raised near the dinky little town of Wapakoneta, Ohio, which is only about 80 miles north of my home town of Middletown, Ohio. He actually learned to fly at the dinky little country airport just out of Wapakoneta. What an unlikely place for such a pioneer to start life out from !
Of all of the original astronauts and all of the ones to be chosen after them, Neil Armstrong was without doubt, the single least desirous of being in the public eye; after his retirement from NASA, he bought and settled on a small farm near Lebanon, Ohio, just 8 miles from where I lived for 50 years.
Armstrong took a position teaching aeronautics at the University of Cincinnati, where my son received his degree in Electrical Engineering; very few people remember seeing Neil Armstrong on campus during the few years he taught at U.C. Fewer still ever remember seeing him in Lebanon, where he lived; he was a very private person, preferring to remain out of the public eye.
I knew we were near the same age, but now I see he was a few years my senior. R.I.P. Neil Armstrong.
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
ZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1861 times:
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5): ndeed but due to the big news story and for those of us that don't visit that forum I thought it deserved it's own thread in here too. When such a iconic figure dies I'm sure many will want to discuss his achievements and life.
That thread was moved from non-av.... I thought it belonged in non-av as well but...
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Polot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1862 times:
Quoting type-rated (Reply 6): What is going on in the world lately with so many famous people dying all at once it seems? 2012?
Nothing. It is just that all the famous people you knew of as a kid and grew up with are really old now. A man dying at 82 years old, especially after having recent heart problems, is not unusual at all.