The first man on the moon died this week. Neil Armstrong was 82 and in the 43 years since he became the first man on the Moon, he lived a quiet dignified life. In doing so, he did his countrymen a great service by allowing us to hold onto that moment in history.
Let’s face it, most of us wouldn’t have taken such fame with Armstrong’s degree of humility. I doubt I would have. But instead of embracing the life of a superstar, dating models, appearing in movies or what have you, Armstrong chose to concentrate on business, academia and community.
Heroes are a complicated lot. These days we mostly have athletes we look up to, but all too often they disappoint in the end. That’s why men like Armstrong will endure.