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ozspace
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posted 04-27-2012 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In a world exclusive, a new four part interview with Neil Armstrong, filmed on his visit to Australia last year, will made available over the next few weeks from May 1.

Armstrong was a guest of CPA Australia to celebrate their 125th anniversary.

NOTE: A code is required to give CPA members early access, no code needed after May 1st.

ozspace
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posted 04-30-2012 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Part 1 of 4 of this interview is now live a freely available to view!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-01-2012 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Terrific Part 1; looking forward to watching parts 2 thru 4. The presenter has clearly done his homework and is to be congratulated on pulling off such an excellent and rare interview.

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posted 05-02-2012 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent Part 1 of the interview, and I agree that the interviewer was very well prepared. It would be nice to be able to get a DVD of the entire interview -- it is probably the best Armstrong interview I have seen.

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posted 05-02-2012 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great interview. Can't wait for the rest. If part 1 is any indication it will be quite a memorable series. I too hope they will put it on DVD.

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posted 05-02-2012 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is off to a great start. Armstrong came across as relaxed and happy to be talking to the interviewer. In the When We Left Earth series he was appeared a little stiff due mainly to the fact that he was reading the lines. I'm glad he is still open to doing appearances like this after that unfortunate event.

I noticed he had a standard issue black Sharpie in his shirt pocket...just in case

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posted 05-02-2012 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CPA say that the interview gets even better. The interview was conducted back in August and includes Neil narrating the Google Moon/DAC merged video that he showed to congress last year.

By prior agreement, Neil reviewed and approved the entire interview before being released.

ozspace
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posted 05-07-2012 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong episode 2 of 4 is now up!

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posted 05-07-2012 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are these available for purchase to watch on regular TV? I don't like watching video on my computer, especially for hours at a time.

I would gladly pay to rent or purchase the file and/or to buy a DVD. They should put this in iTunes University. Thanks.

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posted 05-07-2012 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agree with the previous posters; these are terrific so far and really need to be made available for purchase and/or download.

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These are fantastic!

When I search YouTube for 'Neil Armstrong Interview' about the only real thing that comes up is Part 2 of the 60 Minutes piece he did when 'First Man' was released. Can't even find Part 1!

Is it just me or isn't this a huge exclusive that should be getting more attention for the general public and students?

Can't wait for Parts 3 and 4 and I would definitely purchase a DVD.

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posted 05-08-2012 06:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not only are these a great exclusive Mike but the tie-in to the accounting profession is unusual too. A very interesting find.

EDIT: Neil's father was an auditor and the producers seem to have leveraged that into an interview.

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posted 05-08-2012 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What great interviews. He is perfectly happy to answer an informed questioner and seems genuinely to be enjoying his chance to explain all aspects of his career. Neil Armstrong is in my opinion a very modest and humble human being and has turned out to be a marvelous first man.

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posted 05-09-2012 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been told that, due to contractual restrictions, under which the interview was agreed, the interview can only be aired on CPA website - however, it will remain on the site for two years.

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posted 05-09-2012 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brilliant, bring on Parts 3 and 4. Surely they will sell this to other TV companies for airing?

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posted 05-13-2012 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong signed over his image rights to Purdue University some years ago and is very particular about the use of such.

You can rest assured, if he stipulated certain terms and conditions about the use of the interview they will be set in stone.

If he said no DVD production on a commercial basis he meant it.

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posted 05-13-2012 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for this info. While I understand Neil's decision to stop signing, I don't understand why he wouldn't want his thoughts to be available to a wider audience. He's a smart person who has been in a unique position, and his observations are worthwhile.

I can respect his decision even if I don't understand it.

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posted 05-13-2012 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is frustrating Gary but an earlier post indicated the interview is available online for two years. More than enough time to be seen by many many people.

I was fortunate enough to attend a private event with Neil Armstrong a couple of years ago. He made it clear to the organiser that he did not want publicity and only agreed to a couple of photos with his host at the last minute on the day.

But to be fair to the guy he was there in a private capacity, while on vacation with friends in the UK. It was not a formal or publicised event. Rather it was a "just passing" kind of thing and he wanted no special treatment, no photos or no security of any kind.

At public events, such as the 40th anniversary bashes or corporate presentations he appears a little more relaxed when it comes to photos.

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posted 05-16-2012 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Part 3 now available.

ozspace
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posted 05-21-2012 06:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The fourth and final episode is now up and includes the Google Moon/DAC in-cabin landing video, with the live commentary by Neil he gave at the CPA event in Sydney.

Interesting Neil no longer seems to mention Buzz by name, rather he refers to him as copilot, crewmate, etc.

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posted 05-29-2012 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for APG85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thoroughly enjoyed the interviews. Never realized he was qualified in the B-29. Fascinating...

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posted 07-04-2013 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The four part CPA interview with Neil Armstrong is now available on YouTube.

I have also uploaded some low quality audio recording of Neil meeting and greeting guests following his 2011 CPA presentation.

An audio recording of Neil's presentation to the 2011 event has now also become available.

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posted 07-05-2013 03:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fascinating interview well worth viewing.

As always though, the tantalising glimpse into Armstrong's thoughts never feel quite enough.

Would have loved the interviewer to have probed Armstrong's reference (at other times) to astronautics as "the dark side", his particular affinity for the X-15, and more psychological aspects of his various flight experiences.

A lot of interviews concentrate on factual detail which test-pilot astronauts are very comfortable with. The best interviews come from eliciting astronauts' inner thoughts at specific moments and the psychology underpinning their statements.

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posted 07-05-2013 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by YankeeClipper:

Would have loved the interviewer to have probed Armstrong's reference (at other times) to astronautics as "the dark side"

Nothing to probe, it's called humour. No doubt a reference to the relatively unpublicised and underfunded "little A" in NASA.


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Originally posted by YankeeClipper:

The best interviews come from eliciting astronauts' inner thoughts at specific moments and the psychology underpinning their statements.

I don't entirely agree. Psychology is only one aspect, and whilst interesting in a voyeuristic kind of way it's unimportant unless directed at a specific objective. In my opinion people who are happy to lie down on the shrink's couch in front of the whole world are just a tiny bit self obsessed. I don't particularly want to hear "me, me, me", I want to know, how, why and yes - relevant first hand opinion.

Strangely, interviewers rarely ask for professional opinion. They ask for a re-statement of the well documented chronology, or "how did it feel" (usually a meaningless or childishly obvious question), sometimes even how or why. Most interviews barely skim the surface. No wonder their interviewees tire of them.

Very rarely do they ask, "was that the best approach or how would you have done it?" So we get a fairly bland conformist image, which, any engineer or aviator knows cannot possibly be the truth. Most engineers and aviators (and certainly the Apollo team) are passionately involved in their work (contrary to uncomprehending public opinion which sees them as robots or nerds), and these discussions are one of the things that really animates them. Just observe any engineering design review or bunch of aviators in happy hour or a training meeting. To me the disagreements or contrary opinions would be a very interesting amplification of the story.

I enjoyed this interview, I'd love it to be released on DVD.

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posted 07-30-2013 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong narrates a Google Moon video synchronized with original footage, taken from the lunar module 'Eagle', during his landing 20 July 1969.

The video he narrates was produced by GoneToPlaid, using Google Moon and on-board Data Acquisition Camera footage. This video is the world premiere at CPA 125th anniversary event in Sydney, Australia.

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posted 09-11-2013 03:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original four part video interview with Neil Armstrong has now been removed (moved?) from the CPA Australia web site.

A single contiguous version is now available on line. Please enjoy An Audience with Neil Armstrong.

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