I read a review of the book Moondust, which consists of interviews with post-Apollo astronauts, on Ian Sales' blog where he makes the following comment:
"In one telling scene in the book, Smith goes to see Dick Gordon (Apollo 12 CMP) at a Star Trek convention. Gordon is sat alone in a corner of the signing room, while long queues stretch before the tables of TV actors. Gordon, a man who really went to the Moon, is ignored. I know which person's signature I would treasure more..."
Which strikes me as one one of the saddest things I've ever heard. It's the kind of scene you wish could be somehow retroactively inserted into the film Space Cowboys.

1 comment:

Ian Sales said...

There's an additional bit I didn't mention in my quick review: one Trekkie does approach Dick Gordon's signing table, and asks him if he walked on the Moon. When Gordon admits he didn't, the Trekkie walks away, no longer interested...