Bravo to these guys for dismantling the fiction that this thread is centered upon.
They have NBA players that put showmanship and "shock value" (for lack of a better term) at almost the same level as the skill they have in their sport.
They have NFL players doing little dances and other celebrations in the end zone after a TD.
They have movie stars and recording artists making public spectacles of themselves, hamming it up for the media and whatnot.
The basic similarity through all these public figuers is that they come off as larger than life.
Then they look back 40 years, to a time when this type of media and attention whoring wasn't nearly the norm that it is today. They see three professional, ex-military, ex-test pilot, scientist slash engineers who have come back from the journey of a lifetime and the expectation of these younger people is that they should be acting like the "idols" of today.
What they see, however are 3 guys who are calm and sedate, perhaps even reserved and uncomfortable, being thrust into the media spotlight (and for good reason, of course).
We live in a world today where our opinions are delivered to (most of) us by the Media and public buffoonery by our public figures is the norm, and in a lot of case, is what defines their "idol" status. So when some of these younger people (and some older people, too... wouldn't want to be accused of being completely "ageist") see someone who is not acting the way that the "idols" of today act, they form the opinion that "something must be wrong here". They simply can't understand why Neil, Buzz and Mike weren't out there fist-bumping each other, pouring champagne over each other and dancing on the table at the press conference.
In essence, they're comparing apples to rutabagas...
Just in case anyone missed it in the foreground, here it is again. Bravo and many thanks Cz and MID!
Now I'll read the rest of the thread. Hopefully it hasn't further degraded into the realm of woo woo.