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Buzz and Me

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Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon (on July 20, 1969), wrote me a letter describing what it would be like to throw a baseball on the moon. I included his handwritten letter in my third book, Something to Write Home About (Random House).

When the book was published in March of 2003, I wanted to present Aldrin with a personally signed copy. His secretary arranged for me to go to his apartment one day at 9 a.m. When I arrived, I was greeted by his lovely wife, Lois. As I waited at the dining room table, Buzz appeared in a sweatsuit and somewhat grumpily said "Hello" to me. I showed him his letter in my book and he sat down to read it. Then, he rose from the table, walked to his living room window and proceeded to look into his telescope. It was extremely bright in his living room as the sun was already blinding. "Buzz," Lois yelled to him, "it's too early in the morning to see the moon!"

After my visit, Lois invited my wife and I to a party at their apartment. We met a variety of individuals that night, but my favorite was Barbara Eden, the star of I Dream of Jeannie.

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