Monday, 27 June 2011

The legendary Mr Gorsky

Continuing the Apollo theme from yesterday's post about astronaut Edgar Mitchell, (for no reason at all), everyone knows what Neil Armstrong said when he became the first man to set foot on the moon (even if they argue about exactly what the words were).  But not so many know about the last words that he said before leaving the surface of the moon in 1969.

Good luck Mr Gorsky!

The story goes like this.

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs. Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled.

On July 5, 1995 (in Tampa Bay, FL) while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26-year-old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mr. Gorsky had finally died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

When he was a kid, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit a fly ball which landed in the front of his neighbor's bedroom windows. His neighbors were Mr. & Mrs. Gorsky.

As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky, "Oral sex! You want oral sex?! You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"

Urban myth or the product of the imagination of comedian Buddy Hacket, the story gets a smile every time you tell it.

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