William Saffire’s Alternate Apollo 11 Speech: STRANDED!

via Gawker:

Here is the speech he drafted for Nixon to read in case the Apollo 11 Astronauts became stranded on the moon!

It is a wonderful piece of alternate universe American history, in which President Nixon had to explain to a nation that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were going to die on the moon.

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  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    Wow great find! Of course there are folks out there who think we never landed on the Moon in the first place : ) Why would the government have to write a letter like this then…?

    • doctordrewl

      Just more plausible deniability…

      Whose to say this letter wasn't written as a warning to them to keep their mouths shut… about the Stanley Kubrick production they were starring in…. Neech.

      • http://disinfo.com ralph

        Hmm. I guess the thousands of people involved with the Space Program for decades are lying … That's a hell of a secret to keep.

        • Crazy Eddie

          We've been to the moon, but not in 1969

      • Godozo

        Who's to say that Saffire DIDN'T believe/know the moon landings were faked? For him to write on something that he believed/knew MIGHT happen it'd be better off for him to believe it was a possibility.

  • John M

    I always wondered what happened to that Armstrong guy (his jazz was an inspiration to my grandma). If twitter was around in 1959 more people would have known about this tragedy. I'm off to tell my friends of this little known space crash. Those poor men!

  • Anonymous

    That was an amazing event when they walked on the moon. Especially what he said about a step for mankind.

  • jonathanstatski

    That was an amazing event when they walked on the moon. Especially what he said about a step for mankind.