It was Neil Armstrong who was the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969 for the first time in history. It was he who took the first step on the moon, and after a three-hour walk he radioed to Earth the famous words about "a small step for man, but a huge leap for all mankind."
However, before returning to the lunar module, the astronaut said one more phrase: "Good luck, Mr. Gorski." The elderly Armstrong told reporters the meaning of this remark only in 1995.
NASA suggested that this might be a challenge to one of the Soviet cosmonauts. However, the check confirmed that there is no cosmonaut with such a surname in the Union. Then, for decades, at every opportunity, at all meetings and conferences, Armstrong was asked what his strange statement meant. Neal only smiled mysteriously in response, laughed it off and replied that he could not say anything.
But many years later, Armstrong finally answered. Mr. Gorski was dead, and Neal felt that answering the question would not hurt anyone.
Once, as a teenager, Neil played baseball in his backyard with friends. Armstrong's friend threw the ball so that it was under the bedroom window of their neighbors - Mr. and Mrs. Gorski. It is worth noting that she constantly swore and was close to divorce. As the guy climbed over the fence and bent down to pick up the ball, he heard Mrs. Gorski shouting to Mr. Gorski:
“You’ll only get this after the kid next door has landed on the moon!”
It was not difficult to guess what Mr. Gorsky asked his wife, and the boy remembered this conversation for many years.