Saw a few editorial cartoons this morning concerning the death of Neil Armstrong over the weekend. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the surface of the moon, took that last great leap on Saturday. he was 82. I liked this one the best.
My friend Owen Good observed that Armstrong’s feat — actually Armstrong himself thought the technology and skill necessary to get to the moon were far greater achievements than his trodding upon the lunar surface first — would forever keep the name Neil Armstrong in the annals of human history.
Perhaps. What I can say is that in the summer 1969 — July 20 to be exact — the lunar landing of Apollo 11 was the only thing big enough to knock baseball off my radar. I was about to turn 10 and even I understood what a huge deal the moon landing was. Neil Armstrong was a hero.
Then, now and forever.
This toon by Nate Beeler of the Columbus, Ga. Dispatch speaks to me. May your next journey be an exceptional one Mr. Armstrong.