Posted By RichC on November 11, 2016
A lot has changed in the 11 years that have passed since I posted on "First Man" Neil Armstrong … but after re-watching the 60 Minutes clip and pondering going "back to the moon and to Mars by 2018," Armstrong would have been disappointed as a lot hasn’t changed.
WHY the repost? I was reminded of this post partially due to looking at an old 2005 "Who is Max Peck" trivia post that has moved to the top ten in traffic for 2016. It is amazing to see old posts being resuscitated — who knows why … but maybe Bock is next … that’s a tease.)
Speaking of trivia, although I have never personally met Neil Armstrong (did meet John Glenn), I felt a kinship with him as he was a "local" boyhood hero. Instead of entertainers or sports starts, Neil Armstrong kept me at least a little more focus on school and developing an interest in aviation. We both grew up in western Ohio farm country, only a few towns apart, and eventually called Cincinnati home, his life was inspirational … of course every kid my age admired Apollo astronauts. But here’s the bit of trivia (in case my kids read it someday): I purchased my wife’s engagement ring from a jeweler who met me after business hours in the parking lot of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio … although probably should have placed it on the moon rock before giving it to Brenda! (was going to try and incorporate some kind of "out of this world" wisecrack … but that would have just been corny).