Skip to comments.Neil Armstrong, 1st Moonwalker, Undergoes Heart Surgery
Posted on 08/08/2012 9:43:14 PM PDT by Kartographer
American icon Neil Armstrong, the first man ever to walk on the moon, was recovering from heart surgery Wednesday (Aug. 8), with well-wishes pouring in from NASA.
Armstrong, who celebrated his 82nd birthday Sunday, underwent cardiac bypass surgery on Tuesday after a health checkup, according to NBCNews.com, which stated that the celebrated astronaut is doing well.
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His 82 year old body is probably closer to 60-something. Heart stuff happens. My FIL worked with his hands for his entire 80+ years and, even with a good diet, had a heart attack and needed bypass surgery.
OTOH the doctors said if he wasn’t in such great shape they wouldn’t even have tried.
The old guy (who I really love) is back, kicking and back to work — he started back about 2 weeks after the operation.
Guys like Neil Armstrong and my FIL are tough as nails.
That’s one small stent for a man...
Godspeed Mr Armstrong.
I know I'll sound like an arrogant 26 year old, but I'll be there when I have parathyroid surgery. I've been toughing it out with crazy mental and physical fatigue, insomnia/poor sleep and sleep apnea for around 13 years, which is sadly half my life. The world better watch out when I'm able to run again. Or maybe, just my local beach. That sandstorm won't be wind, it'll be me tearing it up.
My grandfather had a stent put in one of his arteries a couple of days ago, and he's doing well so far. He'll be 91 in November I believe.
We need to land on other planets again. The moon and Mars.
The costs are high, but they aren’t that big in the scheme of things. Get well Mr Armstrong, you will go down in history as important as more important than Columbus.
>>My grandfather had a stent put in one of his arteries a couple of days ago, and he’s doing well so far. He’ll be 91 in November I believe.<<
I have had a few stents — next time, I will insist on no anesthesia (well, a shot of Old Grandad).
Your grandpa sounds like the old school — listen to him each and every time he speaks. His incidental anecdotes probably have wisdom you (or I) cannot anticipate.
>>Get well Mr Armstrong, you will go down in history as important as more important than Columbus.<<
He already has.
Strange to my reasoning, but maybe he started exercising later in life.
Regardless, all of those astronauts were magnificent physically and mentally.
Godspeed, Mr. Armstrong.
Live long, and enjoy Obama getting voted out of office.
...Giant Leap toward Full Recovery.
There was a great thread on FR in 2009 during the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing. it just astonishes me when I try my best to imagine making that first landing — no one but two Astronauts in the LM, no chance of rescue if anything goes wrong, first attempt at landing on an alien surface. The stress and the professionalism required to handle it. Just gives me the shivers. What balls.
>>Strange to my reasoning, but maybe he started exercising later in life.<<
Or he was just born that tough (my take).
>> no one but two Astronauts in the LM, no chance of rescue if anything goes wrong, first attempt at landing on an alien surface. The stress and the professionalism required to handle it. Just gives me the shivers. What balls.<<
I remember when they landed. The Houston comment about “we have a bunch of guys about to turn blue” comment and my mom bursting out (I later realized why) in both laughter and tears.
We did have balls back then. Mr. Armstrong was almost the accidental tourist — a nice guy with a great sense of humor. We need so many more of him: strong stomach, steel-eyed dedication, cool in a crisis (there were more than a few in both the ramp-up and the actual mission).
If we had the “fortitude” of today’s politicians we would never have made it to the moon. It would have been amazing if we had made it to Modesto.
Get Well soon! It isn’t yet time to see “Mr. Gorsky” again.
Good luck Neil.
I’m not sure whether I’d be more afraid of blasting off, or general anesthesia.
He’s still one of our greatest an American heroes at a time when the criteria for making ‘hero’ status has been dumbed down to the point of mediocrity at best. However, there are still some bona fide heroes out there which is a good thing. Perhaps it is those people whose heroes are people like Neil Armstrong.
All the best Mr. Armstrong. Remember fondly sitting in front of the old black and white with my Dad watching you make history all those years ago.
On our present course, we will one day hear that the last man to walk on the moon has died of old age.
I like the Clarke/Kubrick wision better.
Praying for Neil’s recovery.
I’d say he and Buzz are probably beyond the old sea explorers. I just hope we can ever recover.
I've heard that quote attributed to several of the Apollo astronauts. The best "fit" is Pete Conrad, the wild man of the bunch who sadly left us a few years ago. And even he would have said it with his toungue firmly planted in his cheek. The truth is that all of these guys kept excellent care of themselves. They were chosen specifically for their drive and self-discipline. They were doing energy budgets (calories in--calories out) for fun. They are not the kind of folks that you frequently meet in life.
You’re in our prayers Mr. Armstrong. Get well soon.
One of the engineers connected to Apollo (I can't recall which one) commented when looking back on the program that "there was no mercy in those days." It was hard, terrifying and dangerous and they went and did it anyway, because they could. And that is what America used to stand for.
After the game, Garry Moore turned to Mrs. Armstrong and asked, "how would you feel if it turned out that your son Neil becomes the first man to walk on the moon?" It was one of those dropped jaw moments.
Mr. Armstrong was incredibly brave to achieve what he did. I hope he has a full recovery.
Funny isn't it. We used to reach for the stars, now we are grasping at straws. Sad really.
Robert Klein had a great time dumping on politicians during the Watergate era. Here’s a little bit of his monologue (from memory):
Think of the genuine American hero, somebody everyone can look up to. Think of the astronauts, who had to mingle with all of those slimy politicians. Think of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Think of how many millions he could have made when he first stepped on the Moon if he’d just shouted ‘COCA-COLA!!’ Now imagine the level of class if somebody like Spiro Agnew had stepped on the Moon. He’d have said, ‘Sam’s Tailor Shop, Baltimore.’
He doesnb't have to reach quite so far for some of us...
All the best to him. From what I can recall over the years, Armstrong always seemed to conduct himself in a very dignified manner. Humbly, really. I dare say that we could use many more Americans like him. And there are - in our military and elsewhere. The left hasn’t corrupted everyone yet!
He is STILL a Hero of mine.
Its a hoax. There is no such thing as heart surgery. Next you will tell me man was landed on the moon!
Its a hoax. There is no such thing as heart surgery. Next you will tell me man has landed on the moon!
If this happened 5 yrs from now, he’d never get that course of treatment unless he went to a boutique offshore medical facility.
No way the Baraqqicare Death Panels are going to allow that for anybody over 75.
He has a wonderful take on exercise. Asked after he left NASA why he didnt jog or do some other kind of daily exercise, Armstrong replied: I believe you have a certain number of heartbeats allocated to you for your life and I see no reason to use them up any faster than necessary.
Armstrongs life stands as a sharp rebuke to the loathsome Obamas killing of our manned space program so he can divert the money to his welfare lump voters. Armstrong won everything through very hard work. Obama is a loser who has been given everything. Space travel is strictly a pay me now or pay me later proposition. We WILL exhaust the Earths resources some day and will have to move out into the solar system for more. Every dollar the loathsome Obama stole from the space program will take 20 to recoup in lost time and technology. The future will not treat The One kindly.
I remember a scene from the movie ‘The Faculty’
Coach Willis: You’re not much into sports.
Casey: I don’t think that a person should run unless he’s being chased.