The sad news today of the passing of Neil Armstrong is making its way through the global media outlets. We’ve all been reminded of Armstrong’s incredible accomplishments that came along with the help of NASA’s imagination and our uniquely American can-do spirit.
Armstrong was from Ohio, the state where I grew up. Ask any 4th grader in the Buckeye State, we know very well who Neil Armstrong is. He is among those Ohioans who have garnered the international spotlight for their contributions to society. (By the way, we also are very proud of some of our other notable fellow Ohioans like John Glenn, Bob Hope, Jesse Owens, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Thomas Edison, Clark Gable, Dean Martin, Paul Newmann, Halle Berry, Drew Carey, and yes even LeBron James…though I still really wish he would have stayed with the Cavs!)
Armstrong was an American. He was as an Ohioan who was part of a generation and a profession that inspires people all over the world to look into the night sky and imagine what it would be like to look down at the Earth instead of up from it.
You’ll hear a lot about Armstrong over the next few days. But I thought it might be interesting for you to see how his hometown newspaper in Wapakoneta will be doing so. Follow this link to hear how his hometown in Ohio is honoring their most famous son: http://www.wapakdailynews.com/content/neil-armstrong-dies