Sunday, 21 August 2011

Man on the Moon

Daily Mirror dated 21st July 1969

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Only 12 men have ever walked on the Moon - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John W. Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.  The last walk was in December 1972. 
Neil Armstrong retired from NASA in 1971.
Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, a Freemason, carried to the Moon a special depusition from Grand Master J. Guy Smith, with which to claim Masonic territorial jurisdiction over the Moon on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Texas.  A Tranquillity Lodge was later set up and meets in Texas until such time as it can hold its meeting on the Moon.
The 3rd member of the crew, Michael Collins never got to walk on the Moon as he had to pilot Apollo 11 in orbit until the Lunar Landing Module re-joined it. He left NASA later in 1969.

This summary of the TV coverage of the Apollo 11 mission foreshadows the 24-hour news coverage that we take for granted today. 

Senator Edward Kennedy, brother of JFK and Robert Kennedy, was regarded as a good possibility for US President until he crashed his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island and Mary Jo Kopechne died.
On July 25th he was sentenced to 2 months in jail but this was suspended.
In January 1970 an inquest into the death suggested negligent driving (by Kennedy) was a contributing factor.
A Grand Jury in 1970 issued no indictment and Kennedy carried on with his life until 2009 when he died of a brain tumour. 

Why is it that the name 'Crown Topper' just doesn’t conjure up the idea of a good quality discrete toupee?

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