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Astro Bill
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posted 11-23-2005 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you met Neil Armstrong in a one-on-one situation (e.g., stuck in an elevator between the 12th & 14th floors), what one question would you ask him?

I have never met Neil Armstrong. We travel in different circles. I would ask him."What would you do differently if you were to return to the Moon? I would also ask him why there is no 13th floor in this building.

What would you ask Neil Armstrong if you met him on an elevator (stuck or not)?

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posted 11-23-2005 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Know anything about elevators, Neil?"

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posted 11-23-2005 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for katabatic   Click Here to Email katabatic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've always been afraid that if I met someone like that by chance I'd say something really, really, stupid like "Do you know who you are?"

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Hello All....Strangely enough, although it was not in an "elevator" I was afforded the opportunity to be one on one with Neil Armstrong for about 15 minutes. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and sometimes I feel like Forrest Gump as per my serendipitous encounters.
I met Neil on May 9, 1991 at the dedication of the Astronauts memorial at Kennedy Space Center Florida. I was there that day as a guest of the Chaffee Family.I knew Roger's parents very well and agreed to take "lots of pictures" and video for Mr. & Mrs. Chaffee. After the dedication ceremony we (as a group) were allowed to approach and view the memorial. I met the Chaffees again and stumbled upon Neil Armstrong . He recognized me as we had met before and I introduced him to Roger's parents as their son was one of the inductees that day.After that encounter, I walked with Neil out to his car in the KSC parking lot and had time to ask him anything I wanted !! I chose to ask him what it was like to pilot the amazing X-15 and which of the 3 x-15's he preferred. NEVER did I mention the word MOON ! I had read that the word MOON would bring our encounter to a screaching halt. He said that the X-15's were amazing to fly in and they were thorobred's. He said that the acceleration was brutal and amazing !! Given my limited time ...that was my choice at the time !!
It was a very special time and meeting and one I was very lucky to have !! Neil was very soft spoken and engaging. A truly nice and engaging man !! BTW...YES I did get an autograph !! He signed an Apollo 11 20th anniversary booklet that I received the previous year as my girlfriend and I attended a luncheon for the 3 Apollo 11 astronauts at the Holiday Inn on Cocoa Beach prior to a parade that day. I brought the booklet on the "off chance" that I would encounter him that day !! WHAT LUCK as I did not know that he would actually be there !! I also asked him that day if he would sign my Paul Calle print "The Great Moment" if I mailed it to him . He agreed and I mailed it to him as well as the the advertising booklet for tha print by Calle and a certificate that came with the print !! Amazingly he signed all three !! The "Great Moment" print for those who are not aware of it shows Neil taking his first step on the Moon off the LEM footpad. It is a very beautiful print in color. It is very special to me as it is signed "To: Donald R. Brady Jr. All Good Wishes....Neil Armstrong". If you all are curious , I did eventually add the signatures of Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins to the 20th anniversary booklet via NOVASPACE signings. It is a time in my life I will never forget. I WAS ONE LUCKY MAN !! Best To All....Donald R. Brady Jr.

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posted 11-23-2005 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Way cool story, I am green with envy, Donald.
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posted 11-23-2005 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don-

Great story! Thanks for sharing it with us. I was fortunate to meet Neil at the HoF when he along with the other astronauts who flew in the Gemini program were inducted. It was a great evening of story telling. Neil broke us all up when he said that he and Dave Scott broke Scott Carpenters record of over shooting the splashdown target.

During the socializing that followed I had a chance to shake his hand and show him my Gemini scrapbook. He graciously signed the Gemini 8 crew photo and I blurted out that it was an honor to meet him.

I've met a lot of astronauts since then but anytime I meet one of the guys who flew during my childhood, I am in awe and my brain disconnects from any intellegent conversation.

I'd love to sit and talk with him at length but I'll have to settle on reading "First Man" instead.

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posted 11-23-2005 09:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Astro Bill:
I have never met Neil Armstrong. We travel in different circles.

Not only circles, but also translunar ellipses...

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posted 11-24-2005 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd ask if he was into the 13th Floor Elevators.

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posted 11-24-2005 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have never met Neil, but he has been kind enough to email me a few times. I nearly fell from my chair when I saw his name in my inbox!

It was regarding a 23 inch Panorama of Apollo 11's East Crater that I had sent to him. http://moonpans.co.uk/a11East.htm

He told me that the crater seemed a lot bigger in real life, maybe 60-90 feet across and about 15 feet deep.

I asked him what the white piece of hardware was at the bottom of the picture, and he replied that it was the handle and controls of the camera for taking close up stereo pics of small rocks on the lunar surface.

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That is so neat, Mike!!!

Print those out and put them in a safe place (though you may already have)!

Scott

PS: Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone.

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The last time I heard Neil speak during the Q & A period someone asked him, "Do you have any Tang at home?"

Neil just smiled.

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posted 11-26-2005 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So far we have determined that if you were stuck in an elevator with Neil Armstrong most of you would say nothing. What if you were stuck in an elevator with Cindy Crawford?

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posted 11-26-2005 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Astro Bill:
So far we have determined that if you were stuck in an elevator with Neil Armstrong most of you would say nothing. What if you were stuck in an elevator with Cindy Crawford?

I'd probably ask Cindy a question about the X-15.

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posted 11-26-2005 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Know anything about elevators, Cindy?"

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posted 11-27-2005 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ALAIN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would ask " Who are You ? " as I would probably not recognize him :-(

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You are probably right Alain. Every day in New York City I pass by celebrities only to hear someone say "Wasn't that Cindy Crawford/" or "Wasn't that____________(fill in the blank)?" I should be more observant. On an elevator, the same thing would happen.

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posted 11-28-2005 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did meet a few people in the elevator.
Kevin Costner (yes, he signed an index card as I didn't know he was in town for a baseball game,) the late George Plimpton (I didn't have anything on me,) Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave fame, yes he signed,) and Harrison Ford (before his new paper thin girlfriend whipped him, yes he signed.)
Of Neil, I'll let you know when it happens...

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posted 11-29-2005 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Astro Bill:
So far we have determined that if you were stuck in an elevator with Neil Armstrong most of you would say nothing. What if you were stuck in an elevator with Cindy Crawford?

I ask if she was into the 13th Floor Elevators.

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Originally posted by Wehaveliftoff:
I did meet a few people in the elevator.
Kevin Costner (yes, he signed an index card as I didn't know he was in town for a baseball game,)

Did Costner give you a good autograph or was it just a "K" with a line after it? I have heard he isn't friendly with autograph seekers, but maybe he is friendlier when in an elevator (with no direct route of escape!).

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posted 11-29-2005 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Firstly, I've met Cindy Crawford very close to an elevator, and she's not that friendly, reminds me of Katarina Witt, saying she met me before (Don't I WISH!) and I didn't have anything to sign just hoping she actually had a promo 8x10 with her big entourage (not)
Kevin Costner's sign that time was more than the "K line C line," more like Henry Kissinger's zigzag, Happy it was more but wished I'd known he was in town; he was accommodating not talkative. A friend of mine caught Kevin in an airport right after "Waterworld" ten years ago, and he talked with him a few minutes and asked what he thought of the film...

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posted 11-29-2005 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom in elevator:

"uh...that thing you did in 1969...landing on the moon...uh, um...eh...that was really cool.."
<Tom turns bright red, starts sweating, avoids eye contact and escapes at the next floor>

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"Hello Sir. I'll get this elavator working in a jiffy. If you could just sign this job sheet for me............!?"

Regards,

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posted 11-30-2005 03:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd study the lift operation panel carefully, nodding occasionally and "hmmm"ing wisely, suddenly 'discover' the problem with a big "Ah!!", then turn to him and ask:


"You got any idea what a 1202 Programme Alarm is?"

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Originally posted by Wehaveliftoff:
more like Henry Kissinger's zigzag

I know for a fact Kissinger rolled with Tops, not Zig Zags

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The only famous person I ever met in an elevator was Greta Van Susteren of Fox News "On The Record". I met her in Denver during the Oklahoma City Bombing trial. She was tired from a long day but we did have a great conversation even though it lasted for only a minute or so.

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posted 12-01-2005 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Teg,
You reminded me of that classic SNL skit where a nervous Chris Farley is interviewing Paul McCartney one on one.
Part of it goes something like this,
Chris: (obviously nervous and stuttering), "Uh...Paul...uh, do you remember, uh. Do you remember when you were in the Beatles?!!"
Paul: (looking surprised and cautious), "Umm...yeah."
Chris: (almost relieved he got an answer), "That ah, that was...cool!"
He then begins to tear himself down for spouting out stupid questions and McCartney, who looks like he's about to lose it, eventually consoles Chris into a better mood as the skit ends.
Absolutely hilarious!

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Meeting famous people (maybe a thread?)

Well, I met Alice Cooper when he came to Perth (Australia) in the late 70s. Such a cool guy. he saw the groups of people hoping to catch a glimpse of him waiting outside his hotel. As he went to his limo, he shouted:

"Hey! You guys want to come and see my show?"

He then invited everyone to come to the theatre where he was rehearsing 'Welcome to my nightmare'. We all went in, saw the show, and got to meet him afterwards. Cool.

I also played some catch with Devo when they were taking a break from rehersals outside the Entertainment Centre in the same city. I was a paperboy then, and happen to see them as I walked to the bus.

Chuck Yeager was also really great. He did a talk in Sydney. After his talk, when he was supposed to be eating (and we had been warned - NO BOOK SIGNING!), a person went up to him with a model of the X-1 and asked him to sign it. Then another person, and another. Eventually, he asked for a table and started doing book signings. I got him to sign my 'Milestones of Aviation' (okay, I'm human. Take advantage of a situation). All I could say (considering the lines of people) was "It's an honour to meet you, Sir".

Really brings home the comments he made in his book about going to lunches / dinners and never getting to eat.

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posted 12-01-2005 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rochemontagne:
The only famous person I ever met in an elevator was Greta Van Susteren of Fox News "On The Record". we did have a great conversation even though it lasted for only a minute or so.

That'd be my idea of a good conversation with a woman like that too....just a minute or so.

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posted 12-02-2005 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Non-astronaut famous people encounters:

Bill Clinton once refused to shake my hand.

I got an invitation from John Grisham to his private screening of The Firm.

B.B. King has a shirt I made for him and gave him.

A collection of my comic strips has been displayed next to an Academy Award at the home of the man who won said Oscar.

And ... best of all ... I've bought stuff at Rocket Town from Robert Pearlman himself.

(Though, with the exception of that last one, the others, while true, are not nearly as impressive as they sound -- kinda like the time I broke my foot chasing a ninja.)

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Non-astronaut famous people encounters:

Bill Clinton once refused to shake my hand.



David,
What was the context?
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I met Barry White in Boston when he just hit big. His label (20th Century) was doing publicity, and he came into the record store at which I was working (please note proper usage).

It was my day off but I stopped by to pick up an album, and there was a big fuss going on around The Maestro. I didn't get a good look at who it was, so I asked, "Whozzat?" and someone shouted "He's Barry White!" I said, "He doesn't look very white from here!"

Fortunately, the man had a sense of humor and started laughing. Otherwise I might have gotten mashed up into little bitty hippie meatballs.

I also fell off a motorcycle in front of Hillary Clinton, but it wasn't so bad because she was only Hillary Rodham then.

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My brother and I also deflated the tires of a limosine carrying Neil Young. It was stuck in traffic on St. Mark's Place.

Oh, yeah, and I mooned Andy Griffith too.

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The purpose of this thread was to determine what you might ask Neil Armstrong if you were stuck on an elevator with him (presumably alone). I mentioned that I might ask him what he would do differently on the Moon if he could do it again. I would not ask for an autograph because I do not collect autographs.

Somehow this thread drifted to a discussion of celebrities who you have met. Apparently no one can think of anything to say to Neil Armstrong in a one-on-one situation, in spite of all of the chatter on this message board about Neil Armstrong being an ikon of sorts and special.

Let's try again to return to the point. Would you ask him if he had any apprenensions or fear when he landed on the Moon with Buzz Aldrin? Would you ask him what he would have done if the LM crashed upon landing and could not be relaunched? Would you ask him if he ate anything in the LM on the Moon? Or if he really hates autograph collectors? Or why he bacame an astronaut? Or what is his favorite space movie? Or what is his favorite space book? Or what is his favorite color? Or what size shoe does he wear? Or where does he get a haircut? Or where did he park his car? Or what did he say personally to Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on the long trip to the Moon and back to Earth? Or what did he say to Buzz Aldrin just before exiting the LM?

The elevator would really have to be stuck a long time for me to ask Neil all of those questions. If I do have the opportunity to ask Neil Armstrong any or all of these questions, I hope that he will not say "Read First Man."

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I'd ask if he was into the 13th Floor Elevators. If we were stuck between 12 and 14, of course.

Actually, since Mr. A seems to reject celebrity, I'd probably just nod to acknowledge his presence and allow him to converse or not as he wished. That's what I WOULD do in a situation like that.

I'd WANT to ask him what he did to alleviate boredom in Outer Space.

I'd like to add I never actually met Hillary Clinton, I just fell off a motorcycle in front of her.

And I'd NEVER moon Neil Armstrong.

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I'd ask if he was into the 13th Floor Elevators. If we were stuck between 12 and 14, of course.
I'd WANT to ask him what he did to alleviate boredom in Outer Space.

I have seen you mention the "13th Floor Elevator" before. What does that mean? Does that have some special meaning that I am missing?

I realize that I would have to be polite, but my question or questions would be asked if we were stuck in the elevator for a long time. In other words (aside from the Jim Hansen interview) Neil would be placed in a position where he could either converse with me on any subject, respond to a few questions about his Apollo XI mission and life as an astronaut, or tell me to "Buzz Off!"

Your question about boredom is a good one. But I like my question "Where do you get a haircut?" How about, "What is the temperature in the LM and the CM?"

O/T - Robert F. Kennedy's motorcade passed through Troy, NY on 19 Sep 1964 when he was running for the US Senate. I reached out to shake his hand and take his picture at the same time and I was almost run over by one of his motorcade escort motorcycles. I got the photo and someone grabbed me by the seat of my pants to save my life and make it possible for me to write these words 40 years later. []

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Originally posted by Astro Bill:
Somehow this thread drifted to a discussion of celebrities who you have met. Apparently no one can think of anything to say to Neil Armstrong in a one-on-one situation, in spite of all of the chatter on this message board about Neil Armstrong being an ikon of sorts and special.

Perhaps nobody wants to share their clever comment or question, lest somebody else steal that idea when they meet Neil first!

FYI, the 13th Floor Elevators were a band from the 1960s. Their somewhat famous song was "You're Gonna Miss Me."

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So you are saying that they are afflicted with "Delusions of Armstrong"?

Thanks for the information about 13th Floor's. I am more of a Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks fan.

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One thing I remember particularly from the Sims-Hankow show in Burbank the other year is, every time I was going in the hotel elevator to and from my room, there was an astronaut riding with me. Luckily, the elevators never got stuck.

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But did you say anything to any of them? I always try to say something memorable when I meet celebrities. But that is for another thread.

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David,
What was the context?
Scott

Eh, nothing spectacular. About a week before the 1992 election, he was campaigning a couple of hours from where I lived, and I went to see him. After the speech, I worked my way up front, and he walked along the rope keeping the crowd back shaking hands, shaking hands with several people, then skipping down a little ways and resuming. He shook hands with several people before me, got to me, paused, and skipped down a bit. Can't imagine it was anything personal.

To answer the original question, I don't think I'd ask Armstrong about the moon, per se, unless we were stuck for a long time. ("Gee, I can't think of anything we haven't talked about other than, you know, the moon...") I'd be more likely to discuss his involvement in the current advisory group than Apollo.

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