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One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

August 25th, 2012 . by Errol

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82



When Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" statement but followed it by several remarks, usual communication traffic between him, the other astronauts and Mission Control. Just before he re-entered the lander, however, he made this remark "Good luck Mrs Kim."

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning a neighbour with cancer. However, upon checking, there were no Kims living near Armstrong at the time. Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck Mrs Kim" 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. Mrs Kim had finally died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

When he was a pilot in the Korean War, he was playing baseball as an outfielder with some navy buddies in the compound. The batter hit a fly ball, which landed just in front of the bedroom windows of the neighbouring house. The occupants of the house were a Mr & Mrs Kim.

As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mr Kim shouting at Mrs Kim in Korean. Armstrong asked the pitcher, who was a USN interpreter, what the Korean man was yelling. "More than two minutes of sex! You want more than two minutes?! You'll get more than two minutes when that yankee flyboy walks on the moon!"

True story.

2 Responses to “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

  1. comment number 1 by: Dokdodevil

    Shame on you Errol!

    This does not live up to Occidentalism’s reputation for objective and accurate reporting of all things Korean.

    This is a variation of an urban myth!

    Search for “good luck, Mr. Gorsky”. Armstrong himself attributed this story to comedian Buddy Hackett in 1995.

    Of course it is not the first time that Koreans have claimed to be first. I would not be surprised to hear that Armstrong found the characters “韓国” already scratched in the dusty surface of the moon when he arrived. 

  2. comment number 2 by: Errol

    Dokdodevil you are right. I have been reliably informed by the usual sources that the ending should read as:

    “More than two minutes of sex! You want more than two minutes?! You’ll get more than two minutes when those yankee flyboys manage to replicate Lee Sung-shin’s patented interstellar turtle-drive!”

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