Friday, 5 July 2013

A Famous American

Neil Armstrong walks back to the landing module, 1969.
Stories about high achieving people fascinate me. I have read many biographies and never fail to be inspired, if only briefly. I can think of many excuses for not trying as hard as they do, you see.

This anecdote is a charmer. It is about a famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. I remember watching the television broadcast of the event, but I do not remember the comment about Mr. Gorsky.

ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON.

HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON, "THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND," WERE  TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS.

BUT ... JUST BEFORE HE RE-ENTERED THE LANDING MODULE, ARMSTRONG MADE THE ENIGMATIC REMARK, "GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY."

MANY PEOPLE AT NASA THOUGHT IT WAS A CASUAL REMARK CONCERNING SOME
 RIVAL SOVIET COSMONAUT. HOWEVER, UPON CHECKING, THERE WAS NO GORSKY IN EITHER THE RUSSIAN OR AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAMS.


OVER THE YEARS, MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONED ARMSTRONG AS TO WHAT THE - 'GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY' STATEMENT MEANT, BUT ARMSTRONG ALWAYS JUST SMILED.
One of the famous footprints

ON JULY 5, 1995, IN TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA, DURING QUESTION TIME FOLLOWING A SPEECH BY ARMSTRONG, A REPORTER BROUGHT UP THE 26-YEAR-OLD QUESTION ABOUT MR GORSKY.

THIS TIME HE FINALLY RESPONDED BECAUSE MR. GORSKY HAD DIED. NEIL ARMSTRONG FELT HE COULD NOW ANSWER THE QUESTION.

HERE IS THE ANSWER TO "WHO WAS MR GORSKY?":

IN 1938, WHEN HE WAS A CHILD IN A SMALL
 MID-WESTERN TOWN, HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL WITH A FRIEND IN THE BACKYARD.  HIS  FRIEND HIT THE BALL, WHICH LANDED IN HIS NEIGHBOUR'S YARD BY THEIR BEDROOM WINDOW. HIS NEIGHBOURS WERE MR. AND MRS. GORSKY.  AS HE LEANED DOWN TO PICK UP THE BALL, YOUNG ARMSTRONG HEARD MRS. GORSKY SHOUTING AT MR. GORSKY, "SEX! YOU WANT SEX?!  YOU'LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON!"

THE ANSWER CAUSED MORE THAN A RIPPLE OF LAUGHTER IN THAT ROOM.

NEIL ARMSTRONG'S FAMILY HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THIS IS A TRUE STORY.
 
    

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