Neil Armstrong & "Mr Gorsky"
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 though it was a casual
remark concerning some rival soviet cosmonaut. However, upon
checking, there was no Gorsky in either the russian or american
Over the years many people questioned Armstrong
as to what the "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" statement meant,
but Armstrong always just smiled.
On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay, Florida, while
answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up
the 26-year-old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded.
Mr. Gorsky had died; so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the
In 1938 when he was a kid in a small midwest
town, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard.
His friend hit the ball, which landed in his neighbour's yard
by the bedroom windows. His neighbours 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!"