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Discussion: (11 comments)

  1. Johann Buerfeind

    He was my first hero. He showed us what courage was. He demonstrated what the mind of Man is capable of. He personified self esteem in that he did not seek the esteem of others. He exemplified the joy of discovery.

    He was my first hero.

    Let him not be the last.

    Thank you Mr. Armstrong.

  2. Off he goes, into the wild blue yonder, back to heaven.

  3. Thanks, great post.

  4. Mark Herring

    Neil was a credit to all mankind. All of my heroes are now old men.

    Charles, please let me take moment and thank you and your wife for writing such an excellent history of Apollo. A fantastic book and a must-read for any serious Apollo historian.

    I’ll never forget Neil’s admiration for Emil Schiesser you mention in the book. I could just see his eyes light up and that smile all over his face when he talked about Emil.

  5. Ivan Erceg

    I consider myself lucky to have seen him while he was giving *Windows 2000 launch presentation*. It was a good presentation but it was part of Windows 2000 marketing campaign and it was cashing in. And it’s fine that it was cashing in – there is *nothing wrong with that*. In fact more power to him – he did what he felt he needed or wanted to do. Please, let’s just stop the canonization, his achievements stand on their own without it.

    1. I can’t find any information about this. I was however able to find a newspaper article mentioning Alan Bean, #4 to walk on the moon, at a Windows 2000 launch event- could this be what you were thinking of?,330491

      1. Ivan Erceg

        It was at a launch event for Windows 2000 in Santiago, Chile in March 2000. He gave a talk on development of new technologies.

    2. Blade Conway

      No, there’s plenty wrong with “cashing in.” Selling based on celebrity is insulting. Buying based on celebrity is even more moronic. Cheapening yourself by becoming a just another paid lackey for some company advertising is slimy no matter who does it.

      Armstrong is a hero, but not for actions like what you describe.

      1. Ivan Erceg

        I’m not saying that “cashing in” makes you a hero, it certainly doesn’t on its own. But it doesn’t make you a villain either (again, on its own). At the time I deeply disliked that he was so obviously schlepped around the world by MS and saying things like “oh if we have had Windows 2000 with us back then” (for the Moon landing). That was bad marketing but made much worse by having *the* Neil Armstrong deliver it. But now I have kids of my own and I have little doubt that I would “cash in” if I thought they needed it. I don’t know why he did it but I know that there are circumstances in which I would be prepared to do something like that. I hope he was satisfied with the experience and what he got out of it.

  6. Gabriel Gasparolo

    I’d like to have the guts to even start to compare myself with Mr. Armstrong and many other pioneers.

  7. Denis Carr

    That was a wonderful read and of an honourable man worth reading about.

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