Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Neil Armstrong the Ukulele Player

Without the amazing photographs by journalist Don Blair, the world may never have known that a ukulele was present at the moment these brave men, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin returned to Earth. As a kid growing up in the mid-70s I was part of the generation that had the beauty and fun of the ukulele stolen from us. Had I known of these pictures, I would have had a much different feeling about the little instrument. I am happy to be able to play and enjoy my ukulele today, but I'm a bit saddened to think of the fun I could have had as a kid pretending to be an astronaut with a uke.

3 comments:

bazmaz said...

I just love the fact that Neil Armstrong played the uke - I mean, NEIL ARMSTRONG!!!

Can there be a cooler uke player than that??

Baz

www.gotaukulele.co.uk

Ukulelear said...

I'm hard pressed for a name that surpasses Armstrong as a modern day explorer and legendary figure - the ukulele is one amazing side note to history...

Ashley Vaotuua said...

Who knew?

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