Pheline wrote:Can't decide… would *love* it as the moon only. Wanna wipe out the extra and resubmit, just for me, please?
plumbubble wrote:Agreed. I'm not much for shirts with a year on them.
I understand where you're coming from. My initial idea to use the moon in a design was on Thursday night, but I realized how hard/complicated it would be and abandoned it.
That design would have only been the moon.
When I learned of Neil Armstrong's death on Saturday, I decided to finish that design, but to do so specifically in memory of him. I wanted the moon to have an astronaut tethered to it, symbolizing his most memorable legacy and giving that idea of him no longer here on earth.
I was going to make his "tether" into his quote "one small step for a man...", but realized that would be rejection fodder under last week's broader definition of "pop culture" to include famous quotes. After several similar rejections (including putting his name, would would also be rejected), I chose 2012 - the year of his death - though I almost chose 1969 (the year he and Buzz walked on the moon).
As a Boilermaker, I have a very warm place in my heart for Neil (see here for a look at this), and my sons were both able to meet him (one was in Purdue's Varsity Glee Club, and the other in the Purdue All American Marching Band) when the engineering building named after him was dedicated in 2010-2011.
In the end, I went with this year's date specifically so that when folks looked at the date, they would be reminded specifically of Neil Armstrong's contributions to our knowledge and imagination of space.