astronauts in training as well that did as well or better than the men and weren't allowed to go up because they were only girls? I think NASA thought they would fail but they didn't.
Urban lore or legend as the case maybe. Neil Armstrong the 1st man on the moon was always a very unassuming person in real life. A quiet and private person only going public as the need arose. Here is a point of urban legend that i just finished reading from the book:
Neil Armstrong - A life of flight
Jay Barbree, author
Upon returning to the lunar module in order to prepare for later moon ascent, he uttered the words, "Good luck Mr. Gorkey". This is in the audio record, yada, yada. Many assume this maybe some tribute to a fallen cosmonaut, not so. To a friend, maybe, no. For many yrs. he never answered the question, why he said it. It seems as the legend goes...
In his youthful yrs. playing backyard baseball, he retrieved a baseball in the neighbor's yard. Where upon he overheard(open window), Mr. Gorkey, explaining to his wife, "you want sex, you'll get it when the neighbor's boy walks on the moon".
This is urban legend, but after 26yrs. he answered the question only knowing that the Gorkey's had passed. He stated he heard about this story when told that Buddy Hackett the comedian made such remarks. In other words, he never laid claim to such a story. He still hasn't even until his death.
FYI- That part of the book made me laugh wholeheartedly. The book itself gave insight to early astronauts and the accomplishment they made, the learning yrs. and problems they faced and overcame. It made me recall to the days of watching my b/w TV when they landed on the moon following every step televised. Phew, it was good reading of those chapters. God Speed -----Willy