Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Mr. Gorsky

This was sent to me in an email today. I thought it was funny, and then wondered if it really WAS true. It seems that it is just another urban myth, but a good little story nonetheless.


On 20th July 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.

On 5th July 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 question. 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 window. His neighbours were Mr. & Mrs.Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs.Gorsky shouting at Mr.Gorsky, "Oral Sex? You want Oral Sex? You'll get Oral Sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"

True story. (Or is it?!)

Taken from www.crank.net

Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky! and other lies about the Moon 2001 Oct 09 ... Apollo program ...
"History buffs will recall that when Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut walked on the moon he made a mistake when saying his famous 'One small step speech.' He was supposed to say, 'This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.' Well the words he said are history but the words he said after are in the outtakes. You will probably never hear or see them on Bloopers and Practical Jokes but story goes that he made a few remarks after his two feet hit the lunar sand pile. The story from NASA is that Armstrong made the comment 'Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.' ... Isn't that a great Story? It never happened. It's one of those Urban Legends that everyone loves to tell. Professor Jan Harold Brunvand once said, 'The truth never stands in the way of a good story.' No matter how many times this story is told it always sounds so believable, such a wonderful story. It has made it into Newspapers and who knows it may be accepted as true history some day. No matter if it is a white lie."

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