We have all been lied to at one time or another. Everyone from advertisers, to our governments, to our best friends and even our family members, have most likely told us things that were not exactly the truth. We all pretty much accept this idea as a truism and go on with our daily lives in most cases. Have you ever been told a lie though, that even though the evidence is overwhelming and conclusive, you just don't want to bring yourself to accept the idea that it was a big fat lie? The reasons for not accepting the reality of the situation, are probably as diverse as the lies themselves. Sometimes it is because we highly respect the liar and don't want to believe that they would deceive us. Other times it may be because we have based so much of our belief system in the lie, that we fear our world may crumble around us if we even consider the possibility that what we had thought was the truth, is indeed far from being so. Whatever the reason for our self delusion, I have been told that lie and while I hate to believe that I was deceived, the evidence speaks for itself, and it speaks volumes.
This lie was first told to me in the afternoon hours of July 20th in the year 1969. I was just a little kid and perhaps easily deceived at the time and the fact that all those around me, believed so strongly in this lie, did nothing to help the situation. For months prior to this date, we had all been given a constant stream of disinformation and we awaited the lie with hungry imaginations and a strong sense of pride, both in our nation's ingenuity and in our species resourcefulness.
I had gotten up early that Sunday morning, feeling like I was getting a second Christmas for that year. We all knew it was a special day, because instead of being made to ready ourselves for church, we were all encouraged to gather around the RCA color television set and to pay close attention to the unfolding events. We were very well aware of what was soon to happen as the television and newspapers had been abuzz with the story for some time now. The day dragged on and the anticipation grew, until finally just after 1pm, with the whole family gathered in the living room of our little house in California, the biggest lie I have ever been told, was heard from the speaker of that old RCA. "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." The man who spoke those words was Neil Armstrong, a man who would continue to be a hero of mine for decades to come.
When those words were spoken the room erupted with cheers and applause, and a fair amount of tears I might add. We had done it. We had landed on the moon. A few hours later we all listens as Armstrong uttered the words that would live in the minds of men for most of my life. "That's one small step for man," he said as the television showed him stepping onto the lunar surface, "one giant leap for mankind."
It didn't occur to my young mind at the time to even question what Commander Armstrong had just claimed to have done. Like most everyone on the planet, I was captured in the moment. I was mesmerized by the possibilities. I never for a moment even asked myself, who was holding the camera that caught this amazing scene. That didn't come until many years later, when I was able to study the Lunar Lander and realized that there were no external cameras in a position to capture the image that we all held to be so iconic.
I would like to share a video with you, that will put the whole subject into perspective. It is a movie titled, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Moon. and is a 2001 documentary written, produced, and directed by Nashville, Tennessee-based filmmaker and investigative journalist Bart Winfield Sibrel. Sibrel is a critic of the United States space program and proponent of the theory that the six Apollo lunar landing missions between 1969 and 1972 were hoaxes perpetrated by the US Government. The name was taken from a 1966 book of humorous anecdotes by people involved in the space program.
The following is Fox Television's take on the subject.
I will continue to add to this and I will also use the comments section of this blog entry, to bring you further evidence, that should make it very clear to you, that we were all deceived that day and that this lie has been taken as truth for far too long. So please consider what you have seen here and also continue to the comments section below and judge for yourself.