As is being widely reported, tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. For those who grew up in west central Ohio, there is a deep connection as Neil Armstrong grew up in the area, learning to fly at the small regional airport that now bears his name. Notoriously shy of the limelight, he prefers to stay out of the spotlight, figuring his stardom is partly a result of fate, there is nonetheless a family connection.
My twin brother attended Purdue University, which is alma mater of many early astronaunts. While he was there and working in the student union, there was a gathering of all the alums who had been part of the space program. He was a bartender for the occassion.
Asking after Mr Armstrong, eventually the 'First Man' came up and shook my brother's hand. Sharing a few stories of 'back home,' the conversation was over quickly. Yet a boyhood hero was met. Kurt said he was as unassuming in person as could be.
Who knows what can come from small town USA?