Neil Armstrong doesn’t have much time for reporters or interviews. He’s not a recluse — he spent his post-lunar days as an aerospace engineering prof in Cincinnati — but he just doesn’t need publicity. So he only talks to reporters who give him a good reason.
So this is probably why the journalistic coup of interviewing Armstrong this year has fallen to an accounting news guy from Australia. Armstrong’s dad was a CPA, so it’s topical.
But what’s really nice is how relaxed, rested, open, and comfortable the interview subject is. He smiles and enjoys telling his story! I begin to suspect they shipped him over to Australia in the dead of winter and hung out at the beach first, because he’s got that kind of look. A really good lunch may also have been involved.
It’s a four-part video series with really nice production values, filmed in Australia as part of a video series interviewing various leaders in their fields. Needless to say, greenscreened space backgrounds are used. Check it out.
We all know accountants have magical math powers, but I had no idea this includes the power to make Barbara Walters insanely jealous. Of course, it perhaps helps if you’re willing to pay for plane tickets to Australia!
(And let’s not forget that Woomera‘s Joint Tracking Facility was a big part of the Moon effort.)