An American Hero Passes

The world pauses to remember an international hero...but is it the right one?

I've been thinking a lot about the news that one of our childhood heroes has passed.

Everyone in the world can tell you where they were when Neil Armstrong stepped out onto the moon's surface in July 1969.  And if you weren't around yet, you were told by people who thought that was one of the defining moments of the 20th Century.

I have no complaint about marking his passage, and honoring the man and the accomplishments of N.A.S.A.

But I also heard something that just makes me shake my head.

It's my understanding that when the news broke of the passage of our true American Hero, that some staff writer for a national website posted an unbelievable gaff.

For about seven minutes, the headline was allowed to be read, open to the world, declaring the passage of a major figure in American culture.

Unbelievably, the headline proclaimed, "Neil Young Dead at 82".

For those of you who don't know who Neil Young is, he's one of the four members of a rock music super-group forged in the late 60s into Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  He's a Canadian, and he's very much alive.

You might know him for his hit song, "Heart of Gold".  And ironically, that title might be a great tribute to the other Neil from the year 1969 that  makes us pause and take stock of our situation.

Man made it to the moon, but we still can't keep factual errors from creeping into our digital on-line work.*

(*Look at the illustration for this blog to see an example of this in action.)

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