Today is the 36th anniversary of July 20, 1969 – The Apollo 11 Lunar Landing. Google, using satellite imagery from Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17 and their GoogleMaps application, has created Google Moon

In tangentially related news, James “Beam me up Scotty” Doohan has passed away. Reports attribute it to Alzheimer’s and Pneumonia. He was 85.

Back in 1990 I met Doohan at a local convention, and had my picture taken with him. A couple years ago, he was back in St. Louis, and I had that photograph signed. He was in a wheelchair, and showing signs of his Alzheimer’s, and his ‘caretaker’ made the joking comment that Doohan had managed to keep more of his hair than I had since the photo was taken. I was unable to argue.

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  1. DL Emerick

    I wrote my NewsPoem INTRUDER ALERT while thinking of Scotty’s death. I couldn’t begin to imagine that he was 85, and news of his death is still novel to me.