Astronauts: July 2009 Archives

Pushing Buzz's Buttons

Buzz Aldrin: Engineer, Rapper, Heart-breaking Realist, Boing Boing

"... the guy cannot escape the daunting estimate that 6% of all Americans still believe the Moonlanding to be a hoax. Considering he risked his life for science and his country, and having talked to him about this, I find that stat more sad and depressing than ever before. On the surface, it can certainly be amusing to watch what happens when his buttons get pushed. Like when Ali G famously asked Aldrin, "What was it like not being the first man on the Moon? Was you ever jealous of Louis Armstrong?"

Statement from Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

"Q. So, if I wanted to sum you up, I should say "grumpy?"

A. No, no, lucky! Usually, you find yourself either too young or too old to do what you really want, but consider: Neil Armstrong was born in 1930, Buzz Aldrin 1930, and Mike Collins 1930. We came along at exactly the right time. We survived hazardous careers and we were successful in them. But in my own case at least, it was 10 percent shrewd planning and 90 percent blind luck. Put LUCKY on my tombstone."

ABC picks up 'Gravity', Hollywood Reporter

"ABC is "Defying Gravity." The network has picked up Fox TV Studios' 13-episode adventure drama starring Ron Livingston. The internationally produced series, also set to air on Canada's CTV, Germany's ProSieben and the BBC, hails from familiar ABC auspices: creator/executive producer James Parriott, who served as an exec producer on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Ugly Betty," and exec producer Michael Edelstein, former exec producer of the network's "Desperate Housewives." "Gravity," whose cast includes Laura Harris, Christina Cox, Malik Yoba and Florentine Lahme, is set in the near future and revolves around eight astronauts from five countries who undertake a mysterious six-year mission through the solar system."

Keith's note: I take my earlier commentary back. Perhaps there is a market for the "writing" that Billy O and "Coll" are trying to market.

Just Go Away - All of You - Please, earlier post



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