He could travel to the Moon but he couldn’t get an accurate account of his most important statement. Neil Armstrong’s fate of being misquoted has been shared by many others, including the inventor of the term “information superhighway’’and a former Alaskan governor. Twain, Lincoln, and Jimmy Carter are in the club, as is (from Hollywood) the commander of the USS Enterprise. Here are a few memorable things they didn’t say.
One giant step, one minor omissionThe first words from the first man on the moon? Not "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,'' Armstrong long insisted. Instead, he began, "One small step for a man...'' The Apollo 11 astronaut maintained that the radio transmission swallowed the ''a'' as he spoke it. (On left, a July 20, 1969 NASA photo of Armstrong, who died on Aug. 25 at age 82.) Uncredited/AP