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Topic:1st anniversary of Neil Armstrong's passing (8/25)
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Editor's note: Rather than use this thread for posting moments of silence, replies are encouraged sharing memories or favorite stories about Neil Armstrong.

Lunar Module 5Here is my tribute, completed a week after Neil's passing...

domHard to believe it's a year already but also strange how easy it is to think of him as a part of 'history' and not a real person I was in the same room as. I guess he always knew this would happen and is probably why he valued his privacy?
Robert PearlmanJames Hansen (author of "First Man") has contributed to an editorial to on the occasion of this first anniversary of Neil Armstrong's passing. Here's an excerpt:
He was never about himself, as the following personal anecdote shows.

After word came out in 2002 that I was writing Armstrong's biography, actor/director Clint Eastwood hosted Neil and his wife Carol and me and my wife Peggy for a night's stay at his private golf club, Tehama, up in the hills above Carmel Bay in California; Clint was interested in making a Warner Brothers movie based on the book.

The next morning, Eastwood invited Neil and I to play a round of golf with him. As I headed to the golf carts, I saw Neil taking his bag of clubs off of Clint's cart and putting my bag in its place.

"What are you doing, Neil?" I said. "I figure Clint will have a lot more to talk to you about with the movie than he does with me," was Neil's reply.

"I am sure that is not what Clint has in mind," I explained. "You need to be riding with Clint."

Truth was, Neil could have cared less if a movie was ever made about his life. He knew that I cared and that's the only reason he had agreed to visit Eastwood.

Not surprisingly, the two men didn't hit it off too well: Neil didn't like the violence in Clint's movies, and Clint apparently appreciated space cowboys more than he did real engineer-astronauts.

(Eastwood gave up the film rights to Universal Studios, who last year also gave them up. Telling Neil's life story is just too nuanced for Hollywood, apparently.)

HeadshotThe more time passes the higher Neil Armstrong's stature will rise among those considered to be great Americans.
sev8nAugust 24th of last year I toured the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta, there were maybe three other people there. The next day I was at a friend's house just north of Lebanon, Ohio when I heard the news. We were only a couple of miles away from the farm where he once lived. That night we all raised our glasses to the moon overhead.
KSCartistTomorrow marks one year since Neil Armstrong's passing. I will always consider myself fortunate to have been born at a time to witness our first explorations off this planet. The astronauts were and are heroes to me. I have also come to respect and admire those who work to put astronauts into space. They are unsung heroes, just as dedicated.

I only met Neil Armstrong once. The night in March, 1993 when he along with the others who flew during the Gemini Program were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. In the photo you can see I am taller but I swear I was looking up at him.

Years later when I began designing space flight commemorative patches, I sent Mr. Armstrong a set of the X-15, Gemini and Apollo commemoratives — programs he was involved in. I received the email from him in September, 2009. He added my work into his collection! Very humbling.

Neil Armstrong was the perfect person to be the First Man on the Moon. Gracious, courageous, patriotic and the essence of a team player. He attended many of the Apollo 40th anniversary events hosted by the ASF and spoke not of his contribution but of the contributions of his fellow astronauts and the 400,000 people who worked on the Apollo Program. Tonight I will think of Neil Armstrong when I gaze up at the Moon and give him a wink.

Originally posted by Headshot:
The more time passes the higher Neil Armstrong's stature will rise among those considered to be great Americans.

Armstrong's achievement has gone beyond nationality, he is now one of the great human beings of the 20th Century. Afterall, it was "for all mankind"!

cspgApparently (ie. according to, Jay Barbree has a book about Neil Armstrong planned for July 2014, entitled "Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight." No detailed info from amazon or the publisher. I'll post on a separate thread when available.

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