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June 20, 2014

Urban Legend ... But A Funny One

Thought I'd check this out. Seems a shame it isn't real...
On July 20, 1969, as commander of the Apollo 11 lunar module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon.

His first words after stepping on the moon,"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," were televised to earth and heard by millions. But, just before he re-entered the lander, he made the enigmatic remark "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky."

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some Rival soviet cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs...

Over the years, many people questioned Armstrong as to what the 'Good luck, Mr. Gorsky statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled.

Then, on July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay, Florida, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26-year-old question about Mr. Gorsky to Armstrong.

This time he finally responded because his Mr. Gorsky had just died, So Neil Armstrong felt he could now answer the question.
Here is the answer to "Who was Mr. Gorsky".

In 1938, when he was a kid in a small mid-western town, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit the ball, which landed in his neighbor's yard by their bedroom window.

His neighbors were Mr. And Mrs. Gorsky.As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky, "Sex! You want sex?! You'll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"

NASA does not give this urban legend any credence as voice recordings of Neil Armstrong's messages do not contain any reference to Mr. Gorsky.

6 comments:

Mary Ann Carreon said...

Nice Post! Thanks...

Kid said...

It is a nice human interest story.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I've heard that one too. That's the urban legend to end all urban legends.

sig94 said...

Mary Ann - I get these emails and always (usually) check them out before posting them. This was one that (ala Dan Rather) is so good that it should be true!

sig94 said...

Kid - Goodnight Mr. Gorsky, wherever you are!

sig94 said...

Odie - this was the first I heard it. Hope your business trips are bearing fruit.