Back Story – QF32 page 355 – Peter Ford

Peter Ford is a life long friend.

I’ve known Peter since his days as a reporter for an Australian news channel, through to his time as one of the first CNN anchors when Ted Turner cruised the corridors.

Peter’s specialty was then everything that it is now – high tech including the Iraq War Mark 1, space and mechatronics.

Neil Armstrong, Peter Ford, Sally Loane on Sydney Harbour, August 2011 (Courtesy Richard de Crespigny)

Neil Armstrong, Peter Ford and Sally Loane on Sydney Harbour, August 2011 (Courtesy Richard de Crespigny)

Peter is also the quiet achiever who analysed Neil Armstrong’s famous but contentious words transmitted through the static laden ether: “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” , and corrected the text to show what Neil had always thought he had said: “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind“.  Peter’s work resulted in Neil Armstrong’s displays being corrected at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

Peter’s passion and accurate reporting was respected so much that NASA short-listed him to be the first reporter into space on board the Space Shuttle.

Peter is also the founder and CEO of the company  ControlBionics and inventor of the NeuroSwitch bionics technology that connects physically disabled and isolated sufferers to the normal world. This great product even entices Professor Stephen Hawking …..

I owe Peter many favours.  Peter Ford and Sally Loane also provided enormous help to me for both editing my QF32 story and then preparing Coral and I to face the media after my event.

Peter Ford was honoured in the  “Australian Story” program that aired in Australia on the 25th February at 8 pm on ABC Channel 1.  It was a wonderful presentation.

Overseas readers can view the episode on-line.   Click here to view the transcript

Well done Peter!  We are proud of you!

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