Sad day. Childhood hero. Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82 – Obituaries –

CINCINNATI: Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82 – Obituaries –

What a great time to grow up. Working toward a common goal. Space exploration. Unquestionably an exciting time to be an American. How many of us had Apollo 11 lunch boxes? I remember watching the launches and splashdowns, the big colorful parachutes, on TV. “T – minus” Countdowns replayed on our own Estes rockets that you could still get away with launching in school yards in later years. Too bad we did not have the big colorful wide screen HDTV plasmas of today for those events! I regret never seeing any Apollo launches live.

Who cannot recall where they were when they heard or read the reports of the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. I was sent to bed early and was woken up to the news.

“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” Armstrong said.

A true American Hero. Rest in peace.

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