By The Right Scoop


“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

RIP Neil Armstrong.

Statement from the family (via Gretawire):

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.

He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

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.

While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

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  • Spartan4Palin

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    — John Gillespie Magee, Jr

    • Stehekin912

      I love this poem and it is so perfect for this moment.
      I remember when I was a child, watching Neil Armstrong step foot on the Moon. My father was stationed in Asia, and we watched it on the Armed Forces television station there. That station frequently had this poem on in a short segment that it played frequently.

      May God Bless and rest you, Neil Armstrong, American Hero.

    • 911Infidel

      That used to be the sign off every night on TV just before they played the National Anthem. CNN ruined that with their all-night TV news idea. Now TV just goes on and on at night. I’d like to see a return to those days, when TV shut off for a few hours and the alphabet networks paid tribute to this great country and its heritage.

      For those too young to have never heard it, this is what it sounded like:

      • poljunkie

        Thanks for the reminder. I miss those days.

        • 911Infidel

          Me too. I think that one of the reasons that the hippies failed in their mission to change America in to their version of utopia, is because there were still plenty of patriots left, even in the alphabet networks. That poem inspired a generation of young people to join the military and some to become fighter pilots. It was a truely inspirational video during its time. It showed the strength of this country and embraced its Godly heritage.

          • poljunkie

            Nicely stated!

            • 911Infidel

              Thanks. And we should all tip our hats and/or stand and salute our valiant comrade who has been called away for a different mission.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/T6DK36H6XXJJAY2ZRY6NCQMI2I Chris

        Brings tears to my eye when I think of it. Thank you.

  • justplainbob

    Sad news. Neil was a true American hero. Quiet, unassuming, modest about what what he had done. He very rarely granted an interview and kept himself out of the spotlight. I still remember where I was when those first steps were taken on the moon. RIP Neil and Godspeed.

  • donmoffet

    One of the few men I truly admired in my lifetime.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQI5D66OXO7X2FE4NVCZC7BAMA Joe

    What a proud moment it was for the USA when Neil “stepped out”

    1969 >>> http://youtu.be/RMINSD7MmT4

    A TRUE PATRIOT for the USA

    This is what AMERICA is all about !

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      Well said Joe. Yeah, America is great because of people like him.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/T6DK36H6XXJJAY2ZRY6NCQMI2I Chris

      If it put Cronkite in awe, you know it was a great time for every American.

  • ernst1776

    For ever and ever and ever…. until the end of time Neil Armstrong will always be the 1st man to have walked on the moon. Such a great honor for the man… he handle his distinction with class. RIP!

  • freenca

    Neil Armstrong now soars with the eternal stars, not to any longer be restricted by earthly bounds. GOD, bless Neil Armstrong and his loved ones, he was one of our most inspirational heroes.

  • rgolich

    Geez, I’m sorry to hear this…Neil was a great guy, a great American. He and his fellow astronaughts were my heros in the 60s and 70s.

  • bjohnson55

    Neil Armstrong is an Icon of American exceptionalism now in death as much as he was in life. He worked hand in hand with NASA to prove what America with her brave and brilliant citizens could do and how far we could go. I lived through those days which brought so much national pride to this country, that pride has carried us all through very tough times up to now. I will tell you with a tear in my eye that Neil Armstrong and NASA both will be missed in my and my children’s lives. I feel it almost appropriate for this great American to pass on the very same year the exceptional organization he work with to accomplish so many great things passed on also. We will be looking for another Neil Armstrong to carry us through the coming years, may he or she appear soon.
    My Family and I thank you Neil Armstrong, you were truly a GREAT AMERICAN. Good Flying!!

  • tvlgds

    This was incredibly sad news to receive in my mailbox earlier. Huge loss to this country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  • poljunkie

    ‘‘I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer,’’ Neil Armstrong.

    I was nine years old, and I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was at my cousins house and after an afternoon of running around, we were in the basement stuck like glue to the old black and white console style television…waiting.
    We were in awe of his remarkable accomplishment., and then he spoke his legendary words.
    “….one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind….”

    Rest in Peace!

  • 911Infidel

    I remember that day well. The country was in the grips of the hippie rebellion and the successful moon landing was a great day for America. It was kind of like VE Day in a way.

    I also remember JFK’s speech: “We do these things not because they are easy…but because they are hard”. You won’t hear that kind of speech comming out of the mouths of the spoiled generation of leftists.

    Another patriot hero passes. God rest his soul.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/T6DK36H6XXJJAY2ZRY6NCQMI2I Chris

      Well said.

  • Nukeman60

    I was sitting in a University of Illinois dorm cafeteria getting ready to preregister for my first year in college when this came on the TV. Everyone there was filled with a sense of awe and wonderment at this grand and beautiful accomplishment. For me, it solidified my love and desire for anything space-related.

    I will always feel that, among all the grand things I have been able to do in my life, walking on the moon was not one of them. I envy you, Neil, for being able to do that yourself. You led the way, and someday, it will be commonplace to step foot on a foreign planet or moon. To know that one step by a man started the entire leap for mankind will ensure your legacy in space and time. Here’s winking at you tonight.

    For those that are interested, here’s an article about the possibility of men on Mars by 2023. It is our next big step forward.

    http://www.space.com/16300-mars-one-reality-show-colony.html

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/T6DK36H6XXJJAY2ZRY6NCQMI2I Chris

      Thank you for sharing, sir.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    I was serving in Vietnam when Armstrong/Aldrin landed on the moon, and I tried to explain that to some Vietnamese civilians that worked on Vinh Long Army Airfield: “There are two American GIs walking on the moon.” I’m sure the Vietnamese thought I had sun-stroke or some other serious affliction and was totally out of my mind. What a great achievement for America and for skilled pilots like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Sad news, but we still have wonderful memories of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Rest in peace.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donald-Arey-III/100001713622116 Donald Arey III

      Awesome story! I’m laughing as I type this. I can just imagine what they must have chuckled about after you left.

      Hats off to skilled pilots everywhere. Their courage and skill is too often overlooked in both war and peace.

      • Army_Pilot1967

        I don’t recall how long I stood there trying to explain/convince them that I was serious. They had the deer-in-the-headlights look on their faces. I’m sure they wanted to take me to the clinic on the installation because they thought I was “dinky dau” (crazy – one of the few Vietnamese words I remember). Fortunately I departed Vietnam shortly after that and didn’t have to suffer any humiliation as being the crazy American. Oh, I still have a copy of the Stars & Stripes from the lunar landing.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/T6DK36H6XXJJAY2ZRY6NCQMI2I Chris

      Thank you for your story, sir…and thank you for your service to our country!

      • Army_Pilot1967

        Chris, it was an honor and a privilege to serve our country for twenty-six years. I met some of the most wonderful people that were also serving in uniform and made some great friends. I would do it all over again if I could, it was that good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donald-Arey-III/100001713622116 Donald Arey III

    All Great Men are humble.

    Rest in peace Sir.

  • Is_Sense_Common

    Godspeed Neil Armstrong. Your accomplishments ignited (and still ignite) the hope of what “could be” in kids and adults alike.

    We are a better nation because of him and I am thankful for him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y2SLZRAVNFSN26JG24TIDW53E4 GibsonLP

    Godspeed, Neil. You made one of the largest contributions to humanity of all time. RIP.

  • bayway48

    Another true American hero! I went to the same elementary school with his kids, starting in kindergarten. They were just like the rest of us. You would have never known their dad was so famous. At the time, I remember my parents letting me stay up to watch the live coverage of Mr. Armstrong taking the first step on the moon….”one small step for mankind.” RIP Mr. Armstrong and my thoughts to your family.

  • steprock

    Grown man cries.

    Godspeed, Neil Armstrong

    • poljunkie

      Awww.

      My hubby joins you in great sorrow.

  • http://twitter.com/HistoryDave50 David Lane

    Watch, for Neil; RIP.

    • p m

      Thank you so much for this link. My heart skipped a beat when the vertical take-off/landing Armadillo craft came on. Brilliant video from Bill Whittle. Memories of the Harrier.

  • p m

    The family statement is wonderful, especially that last line. Will do.

  • 911Infidel

    From your fellow vets, in appreciation for your courageous service to our country.This is for you Neil:

    • GreenBeretWay

      Nice.

      • 911Infidel

        Its only fitting.

      • WordsFailMe

        Scoopers are giddy with delight. I believe they smell liberal blood for the first time.

        • GreenBeretWay

          Troopers are giddy with delight as well.We caught some clips of the debate.Romney finally took off the mittens and decided to exchange them for some boxing gloves.Did they use Newt and West to help prep him? Obama looked like an inept lab monkey high on smack.He kept nodding out like a heroin addict.I’ll be back in a few days.Caught a round in the ass,embarrassed but all right.Pulled the round and no internal damage.They don’t want to let me go back out,pissed over that.I need to be with my boys even if all they do is give me shit.Cute nurses checking out my bum for the past few days.Hahaha. Women love scars. GB

          • WordsFailMe

            Wouldn’t want to have to show that one in just any bar— hehe.

            Come on home, when you heal, they’r probably kick you upstairs.

            Funny, I didn’t get an email from the other guy–Take care my firend

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    I just woke up from a nap and read that! I was too young to remember that epic adventure, but have loved everything about the space program since. It’s always sad when we lose heroes. He was a great and humble man. Lord be with his family.

  • GreenBeretWay

    “and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

    Awesome. I’ll forever wink at ya Neil.

    When you look up True American Patriot in the Dictionary/Encyclopedia Neil will ALWAYS be there.

    Can you imagine? Navy Fighter Pilot,Test Pilot,Astronaut and first moon dude too?

    May your big cajones rest in peace.

  • http://navalwarfare.blogspot.com/ Libertyship46

    Armstrong was probably disappointed in where are space program is today, which is nowhere. Even the space shuttle is gone, the last manned spacecraft we could be proud of, now just relics destined to sit silently in aircraft museums from now on. Shame, really. When a great nation like ours is no longer concerned about the universe around us, it doesn’t make us great anymore, just small, and that’s a terrible thing to be. I do hope we get back to manned space travel some day, at the very least with an advanced space shuttle and space station program.

    • p m

      Liberty, if you take a look at the video posted by David Lane above, you’ll be heartened. Private enterprise is re-creating the environment from which NASA sprung. Pretty inspiring stuff. Think you’ll enjoy it – it’s a Bill Whittle video.

    • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

      He was very disappointed. Check out this letter to which he is signatory.

      • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

        Heh. The comments are typical of lunatic (quite appropriate), handout-dependent leftists.

  • LIBERTYUSA

    …God’s speed, Neil Armstrong .”

  • GreenBeretWay

    This is pretty cool.

    he full moon occurs once every 29.5 days. This essentially means that there is one full moon every month. However, as we know, every month but February has at least 30 days in it, which presents the potential for two full moons in a month.

    August 2012 – is one of these unique months, which will have two full moons. There will be a full moon on August 2nd, and then another full moon on August 31st.

    So those of us whom are superstitious in regards to full moons will have two special days in August of 2012.

    The term Blue Moon can refer to the second full moon in a given month. When people say “once in a blue moon” they are speaking to the rarity of the occurrence of a second moon happening in the same given month.

    • Is_Sense_Common

      I noticed the Full Moon on the 1st of August & wondered if it would be a Blue Moon month! Thanks for posting that GBW!

    • freenca

      This time the blue moon has reason to be blue, just a little bit, for this giant among men, in his passing.
      My sis and I sat up all night awaiting the landing in 1969. When they were about to touch down in the sea of tranquility, we got Mom up to watch with us. She teared up badly and we asked her why. She said that as a child she remembered her parents celebrating Lindburg crossing the Atlantic solo and had lived long enough to see a man walk upon the moon. She understood it as the miracle of the greatness of the American people’s desires to pursue their dreams and succeed. To do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        Wow oh wow freenca! That gave me shivers to read it. Living history is an awesome and reverant thing. Thanks for sharing.

        • freenca

          So many things to remember as special in this short time we have here and maybe, just maybe, we’ve got to make a record , so those that follow can know what it is we are working so hard to save and restore!! Our parents generation and our grandparents generation witnessed such great leaps. I grew up hearing stories of the old west and of getting such things installed as electric lighting and indoor plumbing. I was fascinated to hear of those things that we never had to contend with except when we went camping. It was their way of living. Bringing water from a creek and lighting lamps to read by at night. We’ve been so blessed. We actually have free time, they didn’t have much and when they did it was spent doing extra things, to make life for their offspring better. They were always inovating, improving, or inventing better ways of doing things.

          • p m

            You are a worthy recorder of their lives, freenca. Thank you for two great posts.

          • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

            Before my son was born, I wanted to have my parents and my husband’s parents write down in a special journal I bought, stories of when and where they grew up and what they could remember about their parents. I sent it to Canada to get my folks to write in it, then by the time it came back down, my father in law had passed away :-( But my mother in law still wrote what she could remember in it. I have it tucked away for the boy, but I get it out every now and then to read it. Seeing things like the depression from different views- from growing up in the hollers of West Virginia, and growing up in the “big” city of Toronto during those times, well it’s really cool. I just wish I could have gotten some of my father in law’s thoughts written about being in the pacific during WW2. I count myself blessed for what I did get though. It’s a treasure to have, and to hear. Thanks my sister for reminding me of that.

            • poljunkie

              Fantastic idea.

              Sorry about grandpa passing away.

              I sure do miss my dad and all of the stories he used to tell at Sunday night dinners.

              • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                Thanks pol. He was a good man..A bit gruff but a sense of humor. He and my mother in law made me feel welcomed and loved the first day I came out to visit here, and I sorely miss him. He was my dad away from home. I thank God I still have my dad, but I miss him too.

                • poljunkie

                  You are lucky, and I know you miss your dad due to the miles, and your father in law. What a gift that your FIL made you feel welcome from day one. But in reality, whats not to like. You’re a gem.

                  My dad used to tell stories from his youth- hoping on the street car at age 5, to sell newspapers. He was dirt poor. DIRT poor. He had such a tough life. But I tell you what….over the years, with his work ethic,he put togehter a great family, a business, and a great life.
                  AND I dont think I ever saw him without a smile on his face.

                • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                  Your dad sounds like an amazing guy girlie. I can’t imagine how hard it is to lose the best man in the world. I’m not wanting to know that feeling for a long, long time.
                  Our dads back then were awesome men. Those were times when men were built solid, tough, strong, good, honest and loving… yet all with a smile and a sense of humor. I hope I can raise my boy to be such a man some day.

                • poljunkie

                  YOU will.

                  We tried our best.

                  I am sooooo glad that our son had my dad around for as long as he did, and I thank the Lord that my hub is as wonderful as he is. I cant imagine living in this world , raising our son, and trying to get along…. while having a little fun, without him.

                • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                  Now I need a hug and so do you. ((((((()))))))s

                • poljunkie

                  Yep. I sure wish you lived near by. We could do lunch. I would love that.
                  Think of all the laughs, and crys.

            • freenca

              Unfortunately, we seldom realize the value of the old ones’ memories until late in the game of life. I too wished I had recorded the stories of my Dad’s aunt’s growing up in early California.

              • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                My sister and I used to ride our bikes to my grand parent’s house every week when we were old enough. My grandpa would try to tell us stories, but we always found other things want to do. Darn, I wish I had have listened.

      • poljunkie

        “To do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

        I love that. Thank you

        • freenca

          Thank you, but that is a quote from JFK, when he announced the space program and the formation of NASA. To put a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth within ten years. A worthy goal that led to so many technologies that we take for granted today. Computers in our homes, efficient rocketry, cell phone communications, and yes Tang and freeze dried ice cream too.!!

          • poljunkie

            …and polarizied sun glasses.

            My better half loves Tang. Really. He drinks it a couple times a week.

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      I think I heard the next blue moon won’t be until 2014. Cool info my dear GreenBeret.

      • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

        Just in time to light the way for the opportunity to shovel more statists out of congress!

    • WordsFailMe

      Hello my friend-

      Hope all is well for you.

      • GreenBeretWay

        01:00 2012 9-27

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        • WordsFailMe

          3 15 15 12 !

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    • WordsFailMe

      My wife took me out to “see” the blue moon. I remarked on it shape and color.

      • GreenBeretWay

        01:00 1/2/12 Getting sparse emails & connections here.Don’t know if this will reach u. I’m so-so. Lost some boys from a different group but still brothers if you understand what I mean. Wild wild west live and in color.I take it one day at a time. Stay vigilant,aware and warn others without using my name,especially late oct. I told abinc the same.Sucking sand. Peace GBW

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          Words let me eavesdrop. Hope you don’t mind. God Bless my sweet friend. Love and hugs to you and your boys from me. xoxox

  • G_unitttt

    i sincerely doubt Armstrong was a democrat

    • http://twitter.com/Winston80 Winston Smith

      Seriously?

  • http://twitter.com/Winston80 Winston Smith

    Very sad

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HJGFX4LY5HOMXNNINXSI7GRYPE L B

    well another Great American slips away to time… Just as Reagan said… The USA is a shining city on a hill, like OZ from the famed movie Wizard of OZ. This country has did alot of special things in its time— The D-Day invasion, Putting a man on the moon, the space shuttle gliding through air, to put I believe 9 carrier task forces on the open ocean back in the 1980s, spreading democracy and liberty far and wide to little places on earth— cambodia to grenada…. These are things that are diminishing with people like Obama around

  • 12grace

    G-d bless him and his family.

  • HopeHeFails

    The loss of two historic Armstrongs in one weekend… Well, technically Lance isn’t dead yet but his career pretty much looks like it.

    • poljunkie

      I dont get that whole thing. I wish Lance would defend his honor. I know it is tiring and expense- but Lance, JUST DO IT.

      The USADA accuses Lance, and to what end? I mean this is AMERICA. We’re supposed to be INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty.

      The USADA is using statements from former team-mates that they have given clemency to. Floyd Landis has already admited doping, and cheating, and with bad blood between them, he indicts Lance.

      We were huge fans of the Tour . We watched for years. I have to say honestly, that with out Lance to cheer for, it was a tad boring. (Although we did like Jan Ullrich too.)

  • aZjimbo

    Will never forget sitting in front of the tv watching it. Wow.

    • brianmouland

      Remembered watching it with my dad,my mom and my brother now all passed on what a wonderful memory

      • aZjimbo

        Sorry to hear. Some things in life you never forget where you were and who you were with.

  • white531

    Great people like Neil Armstrong don’t come along everyday, but thank God America keeps producing them. He had a pilot’s license before he had a driver’s license. Shows you where he was going. Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong. You will be missed, but not forgotten. First man to walk on soil not of this earth. A legacy for all of us.

  • white531

    I’m sorry, but I don’t get the connection between a great man like Neil Armstrong and a guy who rides a bicycle. This tribute for Neil’s family is not about Lance Armstrong. Open a new topic if you like, but get it off this one. Good Grief!

  • Rshill7

    I was 7 years old and saw the historic event with my baseball teammates behind our Coach’s house. It was the end of our season and we didn’t win enough games to place first or second.

    We were the Cardinals. Coach invited us all to a cookout in his backyard, and cooked us hotdogs and hamburgers on his grill. He brought out a little black and white TV and placed it on a picnic table out there connected to a long extension cord so we could all see it.

    We baseball buddies watched Neil set foot on the Moon with our Coach. Then with tears in his eyes, he told us how much he enjoyed being our coach and wished us all well. Then he presented each one of us with a baseball trophy he bought out of his own pocket. We were all Air Force kids and he was our Staff Sergeant Coach.

    Godspeed Neil. Godspeed Coach. I’ll always remember you both.

    • white531

      Great memories are warm companions, Rshill7. We all have them. Actually, I think our lives on this planet would be remarkably diminished without them. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      That made me cry a little mybear. Sweet thoughts :-)

      • Rshill7

        Me too Pally. Back atcha :-)

    • ConnieConservative

      Just a little tearful at your memories.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      Rshill, that is a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

  • white531

    As my father approached old age and the end of his life, he watched most of his friends die, along with the people in public office he respected. He used to say, “the good ones are dying, the ones who are replacing them aren’t worth spit.” I keep hoping he was wrong, but I haven’t seen much evidence of it quite yet.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      There is a remnant out there white, have faith my friend.

  • stevenbiot

    Wow! What a life Neil had. RIP. We solute you.

  • white531

    How could such greatness in a human being, be accompanied by such modesty? According to his family, he just thought he was doing his job. To his credit, I have never seen a single, cheap tacky plastic thing in stores with his name on it. He refused to endorse a single product, that I know of. He retired from public service to his country, bought a farm and lived out the rest of his days with friends and family. God Bless Him.

  • Linky1

    A true American hero, modest to the end.

    He has broken the surly bonds of earth and is in the Heavens for eternity.

    • freenca

      I haven’t seen that one for a long time. Growing up, when only three channels were broadcast and went off the air at midnight, High Flight was the sign off each night in our area. How appropriate for the best test pilot’s sign off as well.

      • Linky1

        I remember that verse so well as I watched almost every space mission from Gemini to the Space Shuttles.

        I had been out all day and when I heard the news, this verse was the first thing I thought of. It’ son my FB page, I have a picture of the moon landing as my timeline picture, in tribute.

  • PAWatcher

    Neil Armstrong’s walk was the American way, from humble beginnings to the out limits and he remained humble.
    And then in the same year there was Woodstock and many going to the out limits another way! What a year of divergent paths, all part of US history. The music was great.

  • Sandra123456

    What a great man. It is amazing what he accomplished and all the changes he saw in his lifetime.

    82 years ago when he was born parts of our country did not have electricity or phones, and outhouses were still in use. There was no television. Clothing zippers were not common when Armstrong was born.

    And look at all the innovations that happened in this country since he was born, and he was part of that history,walking on the moon! That was unthinkable when he was born.

    What a remarkable life and a remarkable man! R.I. P.

  • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

    My Dad had a small plaque over the fireplace that read, “Flying is pure joy!”

  • AlabamaPatriot2

    Neil had too much class and dignity to say what he thought about NASA becoming a Muslim outreach program.

    Send Hamas to the Moon. Quickly.

  • http://tinyurl.com/wwsotu Whitewolf2009

    RIP Neil Armstrong. Commiserations to your family. God Speed!

  • Conservative_Hippie

    An American Hero! I love American Heroes! The USA is an exceptional country with exceptional people!

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    As a kid who grew up in the land of astronauts (Florida’s “Space Coast”), I was an avid fan of all mission coverage from the first test rockets through the first space shuttle launch. (One night, we were watching from a backyard on the Indian River while a test rocket spiraled out of control and had to be destroyed out over the Atlantic. It was one of the most spectacular sights I ever saw).

    The night Armstrong was scheduled to be the first man to walk on the moon, we all went over to a friends house because they had one of the first batch of RCA color televisions.

    We had all gathered around the TeeVee to watch Neil take those first steps…

    …in black and white video.

    God bless Neil Armstrong and all who have the guts to fly, sail, and swim in the dangerous vastnesses of space, air, and sea.

  • brianmouland

    To the baby boom generation of which I am a part Armstrong was a true American hero RIP Neil Armstrong

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T6DK36H6XXJJAY2ZRY6NCQMI2I Chris

    RIP, Mr. Armstrong. A great American!