- Posted August 25, 2012 by
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Remembering Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong, Moves On, Passes the Stars
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
The Indianapolis Star just tweeted that Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has passed away at the age of 82.
I remember well that Sunday night in July in 1969 glued to the black & white television screen watching as Armstrong came down the ladder from the space capsule to step on the moon and proclaim, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Many years later I had the pleasure of interviewing Armstrong more than once for articles in the Linton Daily Citizen. Armstrong was an ardent golfer and benefactor to various charities. Each year, Armstrong would come to Linton to take part in the annual Phil Harris Scholarship Golf Tournament. The tournament was long billed as the 3rd largest pro-am tournament in the nation.
I recall sitting down with Armstrong and asking him about that historic night. He was humble and did not dwell much on his part in making history. Rather Armstrong concentrated on praising the endeavors and work of all those involved in the project past and present. He talked about the devotion of those NASA techs and scientists who seldom were given the credit and praise for making the impossible possible. How those techs and scientists were the ones that turned science fiction into scientific fact.
Armstrong will be missed. He was a real American role-model and hero.
From the Cornfield, one final salute to a man that changed life in ways we never thought possible and who always lived his life to a higher standard.