Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away August 25 at the age of 82. He died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.
Many of us were watching when he stepped onto the lunar surface and declared, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
A few weeks later, St. Louiscon, the 1969 Worldcon, awarded Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins a Special Committee Award for “The Best Moon Landing Ever.” (I wasn’t in fandom yet, but some of you File 770 readers were there.)
And his moon walk was indirectly recognized as a Hugo-worthy performance when the Apollo 11 television coverage won the Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo in 1970.
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]