EXTRA! EXTRA! EXTRAS: Exploring The Heavens, Being Down To Earth: Connections (#22)

Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after landing their lunar module.  Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

What’s the buzz about Aldrin?  People these days may recognize Buzz Aldrin as a rapper with Snoop Dogg or a constant on “Dancing With the Stars,” but first and foremost he was the second man after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on the moon.

Pat Morrison interviewed Aldrin at the L.A. Festival of Books back in April about his new book, “Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home.”  Was “Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear named after him, she wanted to know?  “Shall we check with Disney’s lawyers? Aldrin shot back.

Then she asked about her favorite chapter in the book, “The Blow Heard Around the World,” about a man Aldrin punched out for accusing him of being a liar and a coward, claiming the moon landing never happened.  When Morrison asked him to comment, the crowd erupted in cheers.

To support Buzz Aldrin in “The Blow Heard Around the World” and his defense against the Clown who accused him of being a liar and a coward, claiming the moon landing never happened,” I can say with authority because I was at the bar that night,  that same sound effect was used in NASA’s creation of the moon landing,and became part of Folk lore but because it never happened it mistakenly became part of “The Blow Heard Around the World.”  Copyright © 2010 Los Angeles Times

For more on Buzz Aldrin, see my Blog dated April 15, 2010.

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