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Gorsky Tale Referenced in 'Watchmen'

By March 14, 2009

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Hugh writes:
Has anyone else noted that the "Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky" urban legend is referenced in the movie Watchmen? I think it's due for a whole new lease on life ;-)
True, though it's not as if the legend was dead and buried before this movie came out. I still hear from people on occasion who insist they heard Neil Armstrong say those words on live TV or radio when he first set foot on the moon in 1969.

I haven't seen Watchmen yet, but I understand it's chock-full of pop culture references in this vein. The Internet Movie Database confirms the Gorsky tribute:
In the opening montage, Neil Armstrong says 'Good luck, Mr. Gorsky' on the moon. This is a reference to an apocryphal story in which the young Neil Armstrong is playing in his back yard and kicks a ball into the next door neighbour's garden. Upon retrieving the ball, he overhears his next door neighbour, Mrs. Gorsky through the bedroom window saying 'Oral sex?! I'll give you oral sex when that kid next door walks on the moon!' It was long rumoured that 'Good luck, Mr. Gorsky' was actually the first transmission to Earth from the moon but this has been identified as false by a variety of sources, notably Armstrong himself.
"Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky" was also referenced in Aaron Sorkin's 2007 play about the history of television, The Farnsworth Invention.

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