One Small Quip for [a] Man…25 August 2012
Neil Armstrong is dead at age 82. While a half dozen new biographies of the iconic moon-walker will undoubtedly be released in the next year, the truth about him will probably remain well concealed. Armstrong’s silence throughout his life was deafening. Where others like Buzz Aldrin learned to live in the limelight, he retreated into the space-like quiet.
Armstrong never sought to be a spokesman. How ironic he is known for his words! Even his legendary quip, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” was, by his own belated admission, botched: it was supposed to be “One small step for a man…” Still, that slogan, correctly delivered or not, stands out precisely because of the personal void around Armstrong. He ushered the world into the great beyond.