Author unveils ‘First Man’

“I wasn’t chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role.”

Official biographer of Neil A. Armstrong, James Hansen, would tell anyone this quote from Armstrong himself is the epitome of Armstrong’s character, attitude toward life and his simple complexities.

Hansen dropped by the Armstrong Air and Space Museum Wednesday night to elaborate on Armstrong and help define who he really was, while also discussing his 2005 biography, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.”

“Fortunately thanks to Neil’s agreeing back in 2002 to my authoring his biography I enjoyed the very rare privilege of getting to know him, I think, for who he truly was; a down to earth, yet deeply complex and brilliant three dimensional human being,” Hansen said. “No one I suppose really forgot the iconic aspects of him being the first man on the moon, but he was such a good man and such a remarkable character that after you got to know him pretty well, as I did, the icon kind of went to the back of your mind and you just appreciated him for many other reasons. Some simple, and some not so simple.”

For the full story, see the Friday, July 11 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.