“I’ve Got a Secret” was an American game show aired by CBS. By asking a series of questions, a panel had to determine the secret of contestants. On September 17, 1962, Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise Engel Armstrong came on the show and harbored this secret — their son was one of nine men made an astronaut that very day. Almost seven years later, on July 20, 1969, Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon. This is why host Garry Moore’s question is all the more amazing: “Now, how would you feel, Mrs. Armstrong, if it turned out — of course nobody knows — but if it turns out that your son is the first man to land on the moon? How would you feel?”
Neil Armstrong died on August 25, 2012 in Cincinnati, at the age of 82. Here is NASA’s tribute to his life and achievements.
By profession, Matthias Rascher teaches English and History at a High School in northern Bavaria, Germany. In his free time he scours the web for good links and posts the best finds on Twitter.