There is a new biopic about Neil Armstrong staring Ryan Gosling. Sorry, I’ve heard his name, but have never seen anything he’s been in, and would not know him if he tripped me. Frankly, right now, I’m basically disgusted with his comments about Neil Armstrong, which prove he knows nothing about our early astronauts.
“…I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible. He was reminding everyone that he was just the tip of the iceberg — and that’s not just to be humble, that’s also true. So I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero. From my interviews with his family and people that knew him, it was quite the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil...”
I worked with these people or those who knew them. There was NOTHING humble about our early astronauts. They were fast driving, hard drinking, sometimes womanizing, test/fighter pilots, swaggering, patriots who were not citizens of the world. There was nothing humble about the likes of Gordon Cooper or Alan Shepard, nor anyone more patriotic than John Glenn. These were men who loved their country. The one thing I did learn about them is they were always willing to give a kid a break, sign autographs, and give back when it came to kindness with those who looked on them with adoration. I fear we will never see their likes again.
These were men with the Right Stuff. They were spam in a can, sitting on top of an explosion, knowing they were just as likely to blow up as to go up, successfully. They were NOT citizens of the world. This was NOT a global achievement. It was an American achievement. We paid for it with blood and treasure.
I detest revisionists. What that idiot actor has said is an insult to some of the greatest heroes this nation has ever produced. To leave out the American flag is an insult. It was intended as an insult. Anyone familiar with the art of Alan Bean knows how important that flag was/is to those brave men who walked on the moon.