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A rare interview with Neil Armstrong.

Be sure to check out Part4 at the bottom, starting at 02:00.

A truly extraordinary technical and human accomplishment back in 1969. With at 50/50 chance of success, Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins, strapped themselves atop a 3000 ton Saturn V rocket and made history. I can't think of any others who more exemplify the terms hero, courage, leadership, than these great men. Who are our heroes now?
 

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We have conflated "heroism" with "celebrity." Kim Kardashian and Ryan Seacrest are the models of success (if not "virtue") which young people see as models for successful lives nowadays. Neil Armstrong was a real hero whose actual work and achievement far outshone the spotlight of celebrity. If he had never gone to NASA, Armstrong would still have lived a noteworthy and exceptional life. He was a combat veteran pilot in Korea. He served as a test pilot, one of the "Right Stuff" guys at Edwards AFB, including piloting the phenomenal X-15.

One quiet and private passing of a man; one gaping hole in the Pantheon of our living real life heroes.
 

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We have conflated "heroism" with "celebrity." Kim Kardashian and Ryan Seacrest are the models of success (if not "virtue") which young people see as models for successful lives nowadays. Neil Armstrong was a real hero whose actual work and achievement far outshone the spotlight of celebrity. If he had never gone to NASA, Armstrong would still have lived a noteworthy and exceptional life. He was a combat veteran pilot in Korea. He served as a test pilot, one of the "Right Stuff" guys at Edwards AFB, including piloting the phenomenal X-15.

One quiet and private passing of a man; one gaping hole in the Pantheon of our living real life heroes.
Who is this "we" you speak of?

Besides the concept of the hero has been under attack all our lives whether actual or the classic representation. In the early 70;s the astronauts and the space program were often openly mocked for who they were and what they did. (there was a poster I remember, Niel on the moon with a big "SO WHAT?") Clint Eastwood and John Wayne were icons of what was wrong with America in college papers across the nation. Yet somehow heroes are still with us. Don’t believe the tabloids or Hollywood’s pr machine, they are there to create an impression of what other people are thinking, be true to your own.
 

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Who is this "we" you speak of?

Besides the concept of the hero has been under attack all our lives whether actual or the classic representation. In the early 70;s the astronauts and the space program were often openly mocked for who they were and what they did. (there was a poster I remember, Niel on the moon with a big "SO WHAT?") Clint Eastwood and John Wayne were icons of what was wrong with America in college papers across the nation. Yet somehow heroes are still with us. Don’t believe the tabloids or Hollywood’s pr machine, they are there to create an impression of what other people are thinking, be true to your own.
John Wayne was what was wrong with America. His lame legacy lives on. The man was a piece of ****.
 

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What's wrong with John Wayne? Can you be more specific? Did you know the man personally? Or are you just parroting what other people have told you.
I actually know quite a bit about John Wayne from a politics and film course as well as from previous political research.

He was a paranoid McCarthyist who ran directors and actors out of the United States for political gain. He was openly racist. He made his fortune off of portraying himself as a macho cowboy/war hero when in actuality he never served in any branch of the armed forces.
 
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