To the baby boom generation of which I am a part Armstrong was a true American hero RIP Neil Armstrong
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.
An American Hero! I love American Heroes! The USA is an exceptional country with exceptional people!
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.
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.
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.
A true American hero, modest to the end.
He has broken the surly bonds of earth and is in the Heavens for eternity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The loss of two historic Armstrongs in one weekend... Well, technically Lance isn't dead yet but his career pretty much looks like it.
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.)
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
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.
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
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.
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.!!
Wow oh wow freenca! That gave me shivers to read it. Living history is an awesome and reverant thing. Thanks for sharing.
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.
Yep. I sure wish you lived near by. We could do lunch. I would love that.
Think of all the laughs, and crys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry about grandpa passing away.
I sure do miss my dad and all of the stories he used to tell at Sunday night dinners.
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.
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.
I noticed the Full Moon on the 1st of August & wondered if it would be a Blue Moon month! Thanks for posting that GBW!