Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world's only daily column that's taking a belated minute to pay tribute to the late King of Awesomeness, Neil Armstrong. Because there are very few people whose name every kid knows by the time they're 7 years old, we felt it was only fitting to take a minute to remember the accomplishments of the guy who took a small step, or however that catchy saying goes. As if being the first human to set foot on the moon wasn't cool enough, he was also an aerospace engineer, U.S. Navy pilot, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and university professor.MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Seriously?SU: Who knows? That's just what Wikipedia says. MSUR: Oh, well then it must be true. Dang! That guy makes Leonardo Di Vinci look like a slacker. SU: Yup, but after surviving more than 900 flights, a stroll on the moon and a direct and public show of support by Richard Nixon, it was those pesky blocked coronary arteries that took down the American hero in the end. He died Aug. 25 at the age of 82 in what may be the greatest loss to the fraternity of American pop culture icons since MJ kicked the bucket. There's a pun in there somewhere about moonwalking versus walking on the moon but we can't quite pin it down. Oh, well. Here's to you Neil! Let's have a moment of silence. Awkward pause. Ok, moments of silence don't work in print. Anyway, long live Neil!
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