08.26.2012 Uncategorized 1 Comment

Putnam Shares Memories of Neil Armstrong

Speaking Eagle Howard Putnam Recalls Experiences with First Man on the Moon

“Commander Armstrong was on the board of directors of United Airlines in the late 70’s and early 80’s when Eddie Carlson was the chairman and CEO,” said Putnam. “I met him then, but more recently here in Reno, NV, several times when I was on the board of the Reno Air Races and he was one of our grand marshals. When I emailed him or called him, he responded in 1-2 hours.”

This photo was taken about 15 years ago at a United Airlines senior executive’s retirement party near Chicago. Neil Armstrong, left, at age 67 , the children of UAL executive Joe O’Gorman, and Howard Putnam

“What a gentleman,” added Putnam. “He was very quiet, just wanted to be in the background and never asked for anything. Always gracious and when you introduced him to someone, he was very shy and appreciative.

He was the first on the moon and Gene Cernan was the last. Captain Cernan is the same as Neil. When you talk about ethics, leadership, integrity and great human beings, Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan are at the top of my list.”

To our Humble Hero: Godspeed, Neil Armstrong.

One Response to “Putnam Shares Memories of Neil Armstrong”

  1. hotel says:

    Anyone know of any tributes that will be held for Mr. Armstrong? I think he at the very least deserves that!

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