Saturday, August 25, 2012

In Memoriam: Neil Alden Armstrong

Retired astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, died today.  He was 82 years old.  His deeds are world-renowned, and speak for themselves.  His obituary is written, not here, but among the planets and the stars.  Any human being who ever sets foot on another celestial body will be following the trail blazed by Mr. Armstrong and his colleagues.

I had the very great privilege of meeting Mr. Armstrong in South Africa in the 1980's, when my then-employer flew him out to be guest speaker at our annual gathering.  He gave a very interesting talk, then mingled with us afterwards.  I treasure that memory today.

May he rest in peace.



Luke said...

It's hard to know what to say when somebody who's inspired you all of your life passes away. His legacy remains in those whom he inspired. Hopefully one day again we will follow in his footsteps.

Noons said...

I listened to those words live in 1969 on the shortwave radio in East Timor. They were an inspiration for the rest of my life. Bless his soul and his memory.