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Monday, July 20, 2009

Forty Years Ago Today, Men Walked On The Moon – And Yes, The Moon Hoaxers Are Just Crazy People

Today marks the 40th anniversary of America landing on the moon. A tremendous feat and a testimony to Man’s will and curiosity about the stars.

And for every triumph of Man, there’s at least a dozen crazy people who insist that

  1. It never happened, or
  2. it happened, only they have the REAL details.

Case in point - Bart Sibrel:

Bart Winfield Sibrel is a Nashville, Tennessee-based filmmaker who claims that the six Apollo moon landings between 1969 and 1972 were hoaxes. He has made two films putting forward his claims A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon and Astronauts Gone Wild.


Dealings with Apollo astronauts

Most astronauts have refused to grant him interviews due to his questionable tactics used in attempts to obtain footage of them as he challenges them that the moon landings were a hoax. He approaches all three astronauts of Apollo 11 at different times and also interviews Eugene Cernan, Alan Bean, Alfred Worden and John Young. In each case, the astronauts are dismayed at the nature of the interview and each ends the interview shortly after Sibrel challenges them about the authenticity of the NASA footage. Where some interviews are in the astronauts homes, others are at public appearances and in the case of Michael Collins, the setting is outside of a supermarket.

The most infamous incident involved Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. According to Aldrin, he was lured to a Beverly Hills hotel under the pretext of an interview on space for a Japanese children's television show. When he arrived, Aldrin claims Sibrel was there demanding that he swear on a Bible that he had walked on the moon. When Aldrin refused, Sibrel called him a "coward and a liar and a thief." Aldrin punched Sibrel in the jaw and the incident was captured on video. Sibrel later attempted to use the tape to convince police and prosecutors that he was the victim of an assault. However, it was decided that Aldrin had been provoked, and did not actually injure Sibrel, and so no charges were filed but the incident was covered in the media.

Pretty solid right hook for a 78 year old man. Go Buzz! (C’mon, admit it, there are times where some of us ARE tempted to pop the loonies in the mouth.)

Anyways, to paraphrase Harlan Ellison, “my species, we ain’t so goddamned dumb after all!”

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