'American Moon Shot'
“In 2001, I was able to do the official oral history for NASA of Neil Armstrong,” historian Douglas Brinkley told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in his honor at the Washington, DC home of Mary Streett & Clyde Tuggle for his latest tome: American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
“It was done in Clear Lake City, Texas and he had been my boyhood hero. I grew up in Ohio and he was in a few counties away from me. I was going on nine years old when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and I was susceptible to heroes and Neil Armstrong was mine. So the fact that I got to spend time and interview him was a big deal for me. I’m also a professor at Rice University and that’s where John F. Kennedy gave his famous September 12th, 1962.”