The first man to step on the moon has died. Famously publicity shy, Neil Armstrong was hard to figure out. Watch him on video over the last four decades.
I was a big Apollo 11 fan as a kid. I was 8 years old when they landed on the moon. My brother and I saved newspaper clippings about the event, and I still have them. Like this one:
And, one of my favorites, this depiction of the whole plan to put a man on the moon, told in an easy-to-grok newspaper graphic:
Later in life I learned that some people thought the whole thing was a hoax. I’ve read up on that stuff, and I even own a DVD that claims to prove it was a hoax (it doesn’t). At this point my problem with the hoax theory is that if They really DID pull of a hoax like that, it’s a pretty impressive feat, maybe even MORE impressive than actually landing on the moon, so it’s a wash.
Anyway, enjoy these videos.
Neil Armstrong’s parents, on the game show I’ve Got A Secret, in 1962:
An ABC News profile of Neil Armstrong from July of 1969:
This awkward press conference from after the moon landing:
This 1970 interview with the BBC, in which Armstrong says he is “certain” we’ll have moon bases “in our lifetime”:
And this 2009 speech, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 12:
Finally, as a fan of Neil Armstrong (as much as I know about the guy), I would recommend this parody from The Onion, from 2009.