In 1963, WRAL News director and anchor Bill Armstrong landed an interview with NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong, no relation, at the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. Neil Armstrong and other astronauts were there January 28-30, 1963 learning about celestial navigation. He would return to the planetarium 10 more time before the end of the decade as part of his ongoing NASA training for the Gemini and Apollo space missions.
Perhaps Bill selected Neil to be interviewed based on something they had in common, their last name. Bill cut straight to the chase and asked the question as to who might be selected to be the first astronaut to land on the moon. Click on this link to watch Bill Armstrong’s short interview with Neil Armstrong, and who Bill hoped would get the nod: http://history.capitolbroadcasting.com/media-assets/wral-news-director-bill-armstrong-interviews-astronaut-neil-armstrong/
Thanks to Corp’s Pam Allen for this capcom story. Pam Parris Allen is a former WRAL newscast producer/director who now works as a researcher and producer on the CBC History Project.