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Sunday, August 26, 2012

I read the news today,...oh boy...

It's a shame to hear that Neil Armstrong died. I wrote the post below back in 2009 and it seemed appropriate to repost.

It is amazing what has been tucked in the pages of books. It can be a good way to flatten out an old silver certificate, but don't let it slip your mind. Case in point:This patch looks as though it just came from the (where do patches come from?) patch factory? patchery? the loom? It looks as good as it does because it has been sitting squashed between the pages of a book for the past (take a deep breath) 40 years. How do I know this? Take a look what came with it:

I marked this as a"part 2" from the previous post because I thought the relationship between the mug and this invitation was funny, Tricky Dick funny. This is one cool item, Apollo 11 was the big one. Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon and his most important quote of the century, which he apparently flubbed by leaving out the "a" in "That's one small step for [a] man..."

Is that a significant gaff? No. I think it represents mankind truthfully. We're imperfect, and our ability to accomplish all that we have despite our imperfections probably has the martians scratching their green heads. I think it would have been better if Neil had tripped and landed on his head before stepping on the Moon, "That's one embarrassing header for a man, but still one smooth recovery for mankind."

UPDATE! A commentator from the original post offered this link as proof that Neil got the quote right!
Thanks! Galadriel.

 Anyway, back to this find. Here are all three pieces:
The addition of the envelope makes this complete. If you click on the image you may be able to see the cancellation better. There is a story here: I suppose even an invitation from the President with an official Apollo 11 patch inside isn't enough to impress the guy who was head of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. He probably looked at the patch and said "Pftttt! Big Deal! I have the Spirit of St Louis hanging from my ceiling!"

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