Though Neil Armstrong died on 25 August 2012, it seems as if many people “forgot” it. When a badly phrased headline appeared at ABC news, talking about the one-year anniversary of Armstrong’s death, many people thought he’d died in 2013.
While some may have been busy a year ago, and missed the initial obituary, many others are clearly fans and followers of Neil Armstrong’s legacy. How were their memories “wiped” so his 2013 death was forgotten? That question was raised by many people, including David Emery at About.com’s Urban Legends topic.
Neil Armstrong was a fascinating, enigmatic man. He’s also connected to several “urban legends,” not just the twice-dead confusion of this past week.
- The ‘Mr. Gorsky’ story denial is disputed by some who clearly recall Armstrong saying the cryptic line during his lunar voyage.
- Many people believe that Armstrong heard a spiritual message upon stepping onto the Moon, and it transformed his religious beliefs.
- Though the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) was founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, I thought Neil Armstrong was a participant in its management in the 1970s. Apparently, he wasn’t. (I’m not claiming that as a Mandela Effect memory; I wasn’t that interested in astronauts and my alternate memories may be simple confusion. I’m more interested in the IONS work than the personalities involved. )
- Likewise, I recall biographies of cyclist Lance Armstrong that said he was Neil Armstrong’s son, and that the elder Armstrong’s work with IONS was instrumental in Lance’s effective recovery from cancer. Then, I read several corrections to that. If you search online, you’ll see that the Lance/Neil Armstrong confusion continues.
Though Neil Armstrong’s death in 2012 may not be additional proof of alternate memories and parallel realities, the volume of sincere posts about his 2013 “death” have been surprising.
If you have conflicting memories about Neil Armstrong’s life or death, I hope you’ll share them in comments, below. (Remember: I’ll be offline during much of September, and may not be able to approve comments until later in the month. Post your memories anyway. I’ll add them to the site as soon as I can.)