Armstrong, Neil. (1930–2012)
The Retrospect yearbook, dating from Armstrong’s senior year at Blume High School in Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1947, hardcover, 8 x 11, 88 pages. Armstrong’s senior portrait is at the top of page 12, and signed in ink under his activities, “Neil Armstrong.” Among the activities he participated in during his three years at school are “Band (2,3,4) Vice-President 4,” and “Student Council 3,4.” Armstrong is pictured an addition six times in the yearbook, two in the band (one with the other officers), two for Student Council (one with the other officers), and two with the Senior Hi–Y, whose information reads, in part: “Clean Living–self-discipline in everyday life, Clean Speech–decency in conversation, Clean Scholarship–honesty in school, Clean Sportmanship–fairness in athletics.” In fine condition, with inside pages detached from covers, loose front hinge, expected handling wear, and light wear and soiling to covers.
Twenty-two years before his name would be etched into the history books, young Mr. Armstrong was associated with less-stellar—but no less noteworthy—pursuits such as band and student council. At age 16, he graduated 11th in his class of 78 students. His dedication to such creeds as those endorse by the Senior Hi–Y, including “clean living,” “self-discipline,” and “decency,” would go on to serve him well in life—especially in the Apollo 11 moon landing and the demands of a post-NASA life as a living legend. Extremely uncommon in such early material!
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