Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky

Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky

The following story was sent to me by Rudy Leone, an old friend and one of the funniest people I know. 

On July 20, 1969, as commander of the Apollo 11 lunar module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. His first words on that occasion, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," were televised to earth and heard by millions of people.

But just before he re-entered the lander, he made this enigmatic 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, Florida, while answering  questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26-year-old question about Mr. Gorsky to Armstrong. This time he finally responded because Mr. Gorsky had died, so Neil Armstrong felt he could now answer the question.

Here is the answer to "Who was Mr. Gorsky?"

​In 1938, when he was a kid in a small mid-western town, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit the ball, which landed in his neighbor's yard by their bedroom window. His neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky.

As he leaned down to pick up the ball, Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky: "SEX! YOU WANT SEX? YOU'LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON!"

It's a funny story, but according to NASA's transcript of the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong never said that. In fact, according to Armstrong, the first time he encountered the anecdote was when he heard it delivered as a joke by comedian Buddy Hackett in California.

Beau Weisman, Editor