Neil Armstrong, first moonwalker, in Athens

Few can stake a genuine claim to an unsurpassable human «first.» One major exception is Neil Armstrong, the first person ever to leave footprints and utter words on the surface of the moon when, as commander of the three-man Apollo 11 space mission in July 1969, he spent 26 hours on the barren lunar surface along with Edwin «Buzz» Aldrin, while Michael Collins orbited the moon in the mother ship high above. Their pathbreaking landing and subsequent moonwalk was watched by an estimated 1 billion people worldwide on live television and captured the imagination of an entire generation. For his exploits he was awarded, among many other honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Armstrong brings his unique experiences as a test pilot, Gemini and Apollo commander to Athens tomorrow as the headline speaker at a conference titled «From Vision to Achievement.» This one-day event aims at stimulating people, in whatever field, to rise to the occasion and fulfill their aspirations. The focus is on how to transform abstract visions into to concrete results, and on developing the teamwork, leadership and motivational skills needed to bring it about. Wednesday’s one-day event, which is open to the public and is being jointly hosted by Business Seminars and Kariera SA, takes place from noon to 8 p.m. at the Athinon Arena on Pireos Street in Athens. It will consist of two separate panels involving presentations by personalities deemed to be of note in various fields (the arts, business, NGOs), video presentations documenting their achievements and what it took to get there, and then, in the early evening, the Armstrong presentation itself. Ticket prices vary according to individual, company, or student status. Those interested in participating should contact Eleni Sigara on or [email protected], or else see [email protected]. Sponsors for the event include Manpower, ANT-1 and Johnnie Walker.

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