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Neil Armstrong dies at 82.

| Business Aviation | 2012/08/27

Neil Armstrong dies at 82.

“That’s one small step for man … one giant leap for mankind.”

“Forty-three years ago, nearly everyone in America was glued to the TV to see a self-described “nerdy engineer” walk out of a space capsule, Apollo 11, and become the first person to step foot on the moon. There were estimates that one-fifth of the people on earth watched the moon landing and moonwalk. Armstrong’s first words on the moon will never be forgotten: “That’s one small step for man … one giant leap for mankind.”

“When Armstrong and his crew returned, there were parades in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and then a world tour. A quiet hero in so many ways — as a Korean War combat pilot, a man who would never try to make money on his accomplishments as an astronaut, and a soft-spoken professor at the University of Cincinnati. Armstrong defined “the best and the brightest.” On Saturday, his family said this, fittingly: “Honor his example of service, accomplishment and honesty.” In a me-first world, Armstrong was a selfless American original.”

This was written by Peter King in the Monday Morning Quarterback.  Nice to see a sportswriter break from the NFL preseason and recognize a truly great man.  Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/08/26/mmqb/index.html#ixzz24nbM4Zwd

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