Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Buzz Aldrin: a generally cool guy
Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, (and one of only twelve to have set foot on it) is in the news again.
The last time I saw him in the media was when he punched conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel for accusing Buzz of being a liar and a thief (!). Sibrel has used this surprise form of confrontation on most of the Apollo astronauts and in this particular incident, Buzz had had enough and punched the guy.
I am generally not a big fan of violence, but I'mma cut Buzz some slack in this particular case. Sibrel, who spreads misinformation and never seems to get enough of conspiracies kind of deserves getting slapped in the face by the evidence (Buzz himself!)
So, this time, poor old Buzz (he's 80 by now) has spent most of his life being some sort of celebrity, writing books, giving talks in museums and on TV, and now he claims his pension from the US government just doesn't cut it. Therefore, he's agreed to join the TV show "Dancing with the Stars!"
I think it's a shame that a hard-working guy like Buzz doesn't have it made for life. But he seems to be dealing with it pretty well! This should be fun to watch. He's feisty.
I recently saw the documentary on the moon landing "For all mankind". It combines news reports, real footage from the landings with conversations with remaining Apollo astronauts. I pretty much had my jaw on my chest during the whole thing.