Posted By RichC on August 26, 2012
Neil Armstrong was not only the first astronaut to walk on the moon, but a brilliant science minded and steely-nerved pilot who’s skills were the envy of his peers … as well as this small town Ohio boy. He grew up in Wapakoneta, Ohio, went to Purdue University in Indiana, flew 78 combat missions in the Korean War and was selected by NASA in 1962 to be trained as an astronaut.
Armstrong was quoted, “I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer,” and after teaching at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 thru 1979 retired to his Ohio farm. Armstrong was well known for shunning the limelight and his reluctance to talk to reporters. “As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life,” the family said. He will always be remembered for his first step on the moon quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”