By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 5, 2022) – In Issue 2022-137 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the birthday of the real moon walker.


American astronaut Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Most famously known for being the first man to walk on the moon, Armstrong was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.  Always interested in flight, he got his pilot’s license at 16, before he even had a driver’s license.

Armstrong was originally part of the Gemini program, which tested space technology and made the first advances toward having men in space for extended amounts of time while preparing for an eventual goal of reaching the moon.

Although Armstrong’s achievement of walking on the moon was clearly a pinnacle of the American NASA program, the feat was celebrated worldwide, and Armstrong was decorated and recognized by 17 other countries for his accomplishments.

Johnson’s map of the Buckeye state shown here is from 1864.

Map of Ohio – 1864 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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