Purdue University, Neil Neil, Neil Armstrong discussed on First Day
Ninety three WIBC. It is Terry. Stacey. I man this story of Nasr's mission to land a man on the moon focusing on Neil Armstrong. It opens this weekend Armstrong, as you all know, graduated from Purdue here to talk about Neil Armstrong is produced space historian, John Norberg, John. Hello, what pleasure to meet you? Is pleasure. Talking to you. How long have you been produced space historian? I guess, you know, since I wrote the book and in two thousand three wings of their dreams. I'm really I started in Lafayette with the Lafayette journal here in one thousand nine hundred seventy two I went to Peru in two thousand the first one I met Neil, hiking seventy nine while I was a reporter for the journal and courier the tenth anniversary of the moon landing that time was at the university of Cincinnati. And I asked for an interview along was probably two million other reporters way more than he could handle. Of course, he and I just that everybody turned down and said he regrets. He can't handle all requests. Then they came back and said that he is decided to invite a limited number of borders to a small press conference at the university nearly near tenth anniversary any invited me. And the only reason he invited me was because journal and courier is produced hometown newspaper. So that was a wonderful opportunity in a moment. I'll never forget I asked what that press conference if he was happy with his statement. That's what step for man one giant leap for mankind. And the interesting thing that is that important thing that I said that day asked him, what was the important thing. He said the important thing. I said was the eagles landed he said, it was really tough to land that lunar lunar Lander walking in the moon with just a piece of cake. He believes he only had a fifty fifty chance of succeeding in that landing. And he saw those guys were just thought. Wow. What an opportunity you had to meet him was that the only time that you ever spent with him. When I when I started at Purdue had the opportunity to various times, escorted when he came to campus became in food for when he came through in for the dedication was building. He and his family up at the airport took him to the to the union times been with my campus. I had the opportunity interview in personally about the mood landing which is something. He didn't do very often. When you're you're right there with him. And you think this is the man that was the first man that landed on the moon. You must have a million questions. Oh, yes. You know, you you can't help. But think that of course deal some people have this impression that. Neal was somewhat aloof because he didn't talk like a moon landing every time someone asks the time he turned around. He was not he was very friendly. He was funny. He lose fun to be around the last time. I was with him was with a Neil. And gene Cernan the last man who walked on the moon Purdue graduate. I haven't pizza and a beer at earners in west Lafayette. And there was a full moon and Neil and gene never once talked about Neil recorded everything he had to say about the moon mission and everything else. He did NASA is available to everyone, and he talked in detail about two spaces stories and to Nassau officials and engineers. He just couldn't talk about. Every report is to. For awhile. I handle is media requests. And we followed in the world that they wanted the interview Neil couldn't do it. He couldn't possibly you. Everyone who wanted to interview. So it's turned them all down only did occasional anniversary appearances Purdue was also home to a huge collection of his personal documents and more in that collection. There are got a ton of fan mail that just continued to come long after he had done this mission to the moon. Right. It was fascinating. And no one knew about these. I shouldn't say, no. And I'm sure it's his immediate family knew about him and his secretary there in Connecticut. But he did he say all the letters people sent you. No, one knew that he did this, and they're now available in our archives along with many, many, many many other items of Neil Neil donated to Purdue. There are also right now, there's eight at auction taking place later this month of much more. You'll Armstrong items that the family had and they they think it's time to to sell. And deal equal chance to get them, including museums, which I'm sure we'll take a lot of the items one of the most fascinating things in that collection. I've seen her for is a letter from a Diner's club free checking him or credit card. The letter was seventy five years after the moon moonlight. If the software. Landing on the move will not get your credit card. This is produced space historian, John Norberg. He's awesome incredible author. There are some things that part of the sale. The we already have for instance, there's a Purdue flag three cook to the mood took another move any the to Purdue two thousand. So there are some things that were duplicates and and do as one of them. But the the people are emphasizing if anyone would like to purchase some of these items. Sure, some of them are going to be very reasonable guys would love them, and they love to share them with everyone. How many astronauts have you personally met and talked to that have been graduates from Purdue University. I don't know the total number of astronauts, I've met but not that I have met twenty three of the twenty four. Wow. Purdue astronauts, and and talk to them many times for books and gatherings. When they come to Purdue are twenty four th astronaut take last year. She's what they call kind of a quarantine for anybody interviewing your for two years. And the the astronauts, this group of astronauts love to get together among themselves, and then just talk, and, you know, share old times not necessarily about the mission states, they flew, but about all the training, and the people they knew you have you ever thought yourself of going into that direction of working for NASA. I'm not smart enough of that. I'm just a writer, you know reported. I I've always loved I'm an old, man. I'm seventy years old. I grew up, you know, in the fifties. And sixties when this whole thing was going on. I remember Sputnik. Like it was yesterday. I was fascinated by it. I remember the creation of NASA. And I remember that the original mercury seven astronauts, and when they pick them Gus Grissom, THEO went went to produce one of the original mercury seven astronauts being in school when they were gathering altogether and watch Allan Sheppard launch. And Gus Grissom launch just how mazing all it was in the summer of nineteen sixty-nine. I was backpacking through Europe. There were a lot of anti American feelings in Europe at that time because of the. I'm war. But for the period of time when Apollo eleven was landing on the mood, America. Everyone loved America the United States shared that mission with the world when Neil landed on the moon, Neil and buzz landed on the moon. We were we were needs France. And we found a cafe that opened all night their flaw cafe. And we watched it on TV. It was coming on in French people Americans. We the only Americans to place they were toasting us buying pain and translating. It was incredible incredible nights that I will never forget. And I went back a couple years ago in sound that cafe again to one day come to know, Neil Armstrong, personally was an incredible experience in my life. I can only imagine your talks on on campus about a number of things, including the are involved in in flight before space and space, and I have never given that talk to a group of students that at least one student doesn't come up afterwards and say. I came to Purdue because I want to be an astronaut, and you know, I tell people, and I truly believe this is very very possible walking on our campus. Today is some young man or some young woman who will be the first person to step foot on Mars because we have people who are there with that goal in mind. John Norberg, he's the author of seven books, including spacewalker, my journey in space and faith as Nasr's record-setting frequent flyer which details the story of Purdue grad and astronaut Jerry Ross, his eighth book every true one hundred and fifty years of giant leaps at Purdue University that one's coming out pretty soon. All bet, right. The spring right before Daniel day, which is may we're celebrating at all year. Neil armstrong's. The fiftieth anniversary of the mood walking is is is a big part of our planned activities. It was a wonderful wonderful person. It was fun to be around talkative and friendly. You just didn't talk to him. But landing on the moon. Once you would. Pre-arranged that because that's something he's discussed so many times. And he did so many other things in his life and how much he loved Purdue. He was so generous with his time, especially with our students. Well, it is a pleasure to meet you John Norberg again, author of the books. I've mentioned wings of their dreams Purdue in flight. So Jon, thank you for taking time for us produce, a space historian, John Norberg, and again, they have an unbelievable collection of Neil Armstrong memorabilia and personal documents. And that is available to everybody to to look at. It's amazing amazing is right here at Purdue John group. Yeah. Come to Purdue. Hey, john. Thank you so much. You're awesome. Thank you. This was fun. 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