National Press Club

This Week In National Press Club History

July 23, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | eksmithb@verizon.net

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, responds to a question during his NPC luncheon appearance on Feb. 22, 2000. Sharing the podium is Club President Jack Cushman.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, responds to a question during his NPC luncheon appearance on Feb. 22, 2000. Sharing the podium is Club President Jack Cushman.

Photo/Image: John Metelsky

July 20, 1969: Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first and second humans to walk on the moon. Aldrin appears at a National Press Club Book Rap in 2013 and declares that he wants humans to walk on Mars before the end of the twenty-first century. Neil Armstrong lists the greatest engineering feats of the twentieth century in an appearance in 2000, listing space flight as #12, because he says it hasn’t had as great an impact on worldwide living standards as, for example, electrification (#1), the automobile (#2) and the airplane #3).

This Week In National Press Club History is brought to you by the History & Heritage Committee, which preserves and revitalizes the Club’s history through lobby displays, panel discussions, events, and its oral history project.

For more information on the Committee’s activities, or to join it, contact Chair Gilbert Klein at gilbert.klein@yahoo.com.