|Neil 'Armstrong 1930-2012|
Having grown up on Twilight Zone and Star Trek (the original, folks, in the first run), having read science fiction and comic books, it was just the most exciting thing I could possibly imagine. Was man actually going to conquer the moon? Was American ingenuity going to to triumph over the dreaded Soviets and get there first? Hey, the Cold War was in full bloom and the "Space Race" was a big part of it.
I doubt if anyone who is too young to have lived through this unbelievable day will be able to understand what it felt like at that singular instant in time.
It was truly an epic moment, the most incredible moment of my life. I suppose when I think back on it, it still is. There were no VCR's, DVR's or anything like that back then. I tried taking photos of the first pictures back from the moon rkgnt off the TV screen with a crummy camera, and of course they didn't come out.
The memory of Walter Conkrite taking off his glasses, and with tears in his eyes saying, "Man on the moon," is one I will take to my grave.
It wasn't until later that we learned just how great a pilot that Neil Armstrong had to be to pull off the landing without crashing or aborting. Armstrong was a true hero, beyond any doubt. After retiring from NASA, he refused to capitalize on his fame and hero status and quietly returned to private life.
Today the world lost a truly exceptional person, a hero, and a really good man. May he rest in peace.