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[a] Man... on the Moon

Yesterday a legend passed on. I learned of his passing via Twitter. And while reviewing the many links to those heady days of the late 1960's Space Race, I came across tweets of people asking the question of "Who is Neil Armstrong" and worse, the NBC News website published a headline that "Astronaut Neil Young" had died.

How can this be? How can people not know who Neil Armstrong is? How can a News organization such as NBC fail to get something like the name of the most famous U.S. astronaut wrong? Jules Bergman and Walter Cronkite must have turned over in their graves! What has happened to journalism?

It is hard for me to believe that somehow there are people in the U.S.A. who don't know the name of Neil Armstrong and immediately associate it to Apollo and the moon landing. Can you imagine anyone in Russia (current or old Soviet edition) not knowing who Yuri Gagarin is? These events are truly not that long ago and the impact to our world was and is still huge!

While Neil was the lucky one to leave the first boot print on the Moon - there were many who made it possible - from people designing & engineering the rockets, to sewing/gluing the suits, to the frogman wrapping the floatation collar around the capsule after splashdown. Notably, there were 2 others close by when he stepped off the landing pad of Eagle - Buzz Aldrin (suited up and joining him later) and Michael Collins (in orbit aboard Columbia). Each of which you should also know about.

Now go read and learn about Neil Armstrong AND make sure that others around you know and understand who he was!

Then, as his family has asked...

"Go outside tonight, look up at the moon, and give Neil a Wink!"