ARMSTRONG, NEIL. (1930-2012). American astronaut remembered as the first person to walk on the moon and the statement he made at the time, “One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” ALS. (“Neil”). 1p. Small 4to. (Seabrook, December 8, 1969). On colorful “Seasons Greetings” stationery. To Don and Betty Frame, childhood friends from his hometown, Wapakoneta, Ohio.
“I certainly want to thank you for your kind wishes at the time of the flight. All the prayers and good wishes seemed to help.
I’m sorry the hectic schedule and brief time during my homecoming prevented the possibility of a little conversation which I would have liked, and the occasion deserved.
May you and your family enjoy a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year…”
An Ohio native, Armstrong began his career as a Navy pilot during the Korean War. He became a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station (now the Dryden Flight Research Center) and joined NASA’s Astronaut Corps in 1962. In 1966, he became the first civilian astronaut to fly as a commander aboard Gemini 8.