Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky

My recent blog post about "having dinner with" first-man-on-the-moon Neil Armstrong brought a couple people asking about this joke. To be sure, it is a joke*, but lots of people insist it's true. I thought this was already posted here, but I didn't find it. But I did have it in my "myths" file, which I use to reply to people who say I should write about some "true" story. So here you go!

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

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs. Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck Mr. Gorsky" 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. Mr. Gorsky had finally died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

When he was a kid, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit a fly ball, which landed in the front of his neighbor's bedroom windows. His neighbors were Mr. & Mrs. Gorsky.

As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at her husband, "Oral sex?! You want oral sex?! You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"

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*"During November 1995, a clever (and slightly risque) story was widely circulated on the Internet concerning a statement Neil is supposed to have made during the Apollo 11 EVA. At the suggestion of several readers, let me state that Neil never said 'Good luck, Mr. Gorsky' at any time during the mission. Indeed, on November 28, 1995, Neil wrote, 'I understand that the joke is a year old. I first heard it in California delivered by (comedian) Buddy Hackett.'" --Eric M. Jones, editor of NASA's Apollo 11 Lunar Surface Journal

Posted July 25, 2012

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