"I do not mind that my view of my public intercourse and that of the press do not coincide. It probably suits my purpose better than if we had the same opinion"
TLS signed “Neil,” one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, May 18, 1997. Letter to Julian Nott, a British balloonist and holder of 79 world records, in part: "Since the time of your letter, I have given 3 presentations in Ireland (2 public), 1 to a regional Boy Scout meeting (public), 1 to a Community Club (semi-public), 1 to the Naval Museum Foundation [San Francisco] (public), 1 to the Naval Aviation Museum Symposium [Pensacola] (public), 1 to the Lindbergh Foundation [at the Air Force Academy] (public), and several to employees of businesses with which I am associated (private). Each of these were completely different from every other. Over the last several years, I have given many public lectures in a number of countries, most recently (before Ireland) in Jordan, England, and India. In the enclosed recent clippings, the press reports, as always, my supposed seclusiveness. They learn this characterization from other newspaper articles. The primary reason for their view is that I have long maintained a policy of not granting individual interviews, and press conferences only when justified by newsworthy events. I do not mind that my view of my public intercourse and that of the press do not coincide. It probably suits my purpose better than if we had the same opinion." Armstrong closes with the valediction, "Your reclusive friend." fine condition, with a light crease to the lower left corner tip. Accompanied by a photo of Armstrong posing with the recipient.