I must agree with the sentiments of Betty, Richard and Shirley. This is like the star on the top of the Christmas tree to get an astronaut who walked on the moon to sign this petition and sign it himself and in such a short amount of time. Being from Ohio I can assure you that you would never have heard from Neil Armstrong as he has taken being a recluse to a new level. Have you tried sending the petition to John Glenn? He has always been a hero of mine and also from Ohio and was a Senator from there for many years. I am very happy to see that you did get Charlie Duke's signature and with the diversity of people on your petition it has got to have some kind of impact on Obama when he makes his selection later this year.
Thanks for all the effort you have put into this campaign and I have a good feeling that it will not have been in vain.
I haven't tried Glenn but I delved around and dug up a home address for him. I plan to mail a letter out this week asking his to write a 'letter of endorsement' like Dole's for Audie. It will be interesting to see if he does. Amazingly, I guess I did not realize that he just turned 90!
Wow, how time flies!
Oh, here are two interesting stories about Armstrong. I know both of these to be true.
As I mentioned he hasn't signed an autograph in 20 years or so, or at least virtually none! Anyway, when the last shuttle went up (the one that blew up) Armstrong was on the tarmac to watch the launch. A collector I know, knows another autograph collector that works at NASA.
Now, he isn't a maintenace guy but rather is involved with I guess they call it mission control, has been with NASA many years, and who isn't a 25 year old looking to make $$.
In any case, after the launch, he politely walked over to Armstrong (this person had on his NASA attire and NASA badge around his neck) and asked Armstrong if he would sign a photo that he himself had purchased in the NASA gift shop of Armstong holding his NASA helmet in his space suit.
Armstrong, looked down his nose and said something to the effect that "I don't sign autographs for anyone"
and spun on his heels to walk away.
My friend muttered "what a jerk"
.....Armstrong apparently overheard, spun back (perhaps realizing the guy is a NASA official) and said "I'll make one exception"
and hastily signed the photo.Yea, what a jerk!
Secondly, he has used the same barber for many years in his hometown of Lebannon, Ohio. Anyway, the barber had begun to sweep up Armstrong's hair clippings, (yes, there is a market for that too) and started selling them on the Internet with DNA certification.
Armstrong sued the barber shop! Yes, you can find the story by googling it. Happened a few years ago.
Again....what a jerk!