Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Urban Legend: Neil Armstrong

On July 20, 1969, as Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, he proclaimed: "One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." Several remarks followed, including the usual technical banter between him, the other astronauts, and Mission Control. Before he re-entered the lander, he said "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky."

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning a rival Soviet Cosmonaut or other astronaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs.

Over the years, many people questioned him as to what the "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" statement meant and Armstrong just smiled, refusing to answer.

On July 5, 1999, following a speech, a reporter brought up the 30-year-old question to Armstrong. Since Mr. Gorsky had died Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

When he was a kid, Armstrong was playing baseball with his brother in the backyard. His brother hit a fly ball which landed in front of his neighbors' bedroom window. The neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As collected the ball, Mrs. Gorsky shouted, "Oral sex? You want oral sex? You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"

This is a very funny story, but it is untrue. It is the stuff legends are made of. It is debunked at snopes: http://www.snopes.com/quotes/mrgorsky.htm.

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