Good Luck, Mr Gorsky

September 1st, 1998

Melbourne comedy group The Gorskys were christened by an audience who made suggestions, and then voted for the best name. Happily, they didn’t go for Warm Fish Milkshake, but chose a name that is rich with meaning.

It is based on the following true story.

When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, he said “That’s one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.”

When he was leaving the moon, as he was climbing back onto the space ship, he said to himself “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.”

Back on Earth, someone asked “What was that”, and Neil Armstrong said it was a personal thing, and he’d rather not explain it.

But everyone was asking “Who’s Gorsky?”

They thought maybe he was another astronaut Armstrong had worked with, so they looked it up, but there was no one at NASA called Gorsky. So they thought maybe it was a cosmonaut that Neil Armstrong had beaten to the moon. They looked at all the known cosmonauts, but there was no one called Gorsky.

When he landed back on Earth, the journalists asked him “When you were leaving the moon, you said ‘Good luck, Mr. Gorsky’. Who’s Mr. Gorsky?”

Neil Armstrong answered “It was a private moment, and I’d rather not expand on it, thank you.”

For years, when he was giving speeches at events like graduations or conventions, someone would invariably ask “When you were leaving the moon, you said ‘Good luck Mr. Gorsky’. Could you please tell us, who’s Mr. Gorsky?” Neil Armstrong would always decline to answer.

Finally, on 5 July 1995, at a Rotary convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, someone again asked the question, and Neil Armstrong said “OK. I can tell you now, because Mr. Gorsky is dead, and the story won’t embarrass anyone.

“When I was a kid, we lived next door to the Gorskys. One day, when I was ten, my brother hit the baseball over the fence, and I had to retrieve it from outside the Gorskys bedroom.

“As I was retrieving the ball, I heard Mrs. Gorsky speaking to Mr. Gorsky, and she said ‘Oral sex! I won’t give you oral sex until the kid next door walks on the moon!'”

The Gorskys believe that it is a true story, but even if it’s not, it’s so good, you want it to be.

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Good Luck, Mr Gorsky

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