Today in Masterbook Theatre, we are profiling the Books of Cernan and Aldrin.
I just started reading Al Worden’s book last night (spoiler alert: IT’S LOVELY).
But you are reminding me how badly I want to reread The Last Man on the Moon.
…and I only bought Return to Earth this weekend and have never read it before…
Oh my God. Get ready. I only shared the LEAST WTF parts of the entire book. I read it when I was nine years old (I KNOW) and I was forever…changed.
Oh man, Return to Earth has some “Very Special” TMI moments, which include:
- (deleted) in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory during quarantine
-Graphic descriptions of post-Apollo 11 hemorrhoids
-Concern over the fact that a non-English-speaking doctor was performing his vasectomy (though this story is actually pretty funny)
-Popo the monkey conquering the Clear Lake neighborhood
-The special…”aroma” of the Apollo 11 mission after eight days (we make fun of Apollo 16, but apparently Apollo 11 was much worse)
Of course, it’s commendable that he talked about the issues he struggled with, and he probably encouraged many people who were struggling with the same things to seek help. Still, there are some pretty special “confessions” in the book…but, to quote Reading Rainbow, you don’t have to take my word for it.
That book was…wow. I read it at age nine and was just…speechless. I had no idea what he was even talking about at most parts. (Esp. the nasty parts, ugh.)