Buzz Aldrin: Possibly the Coolest Man Alive
The real “ Ice Man”
Buzz Aldrin’s heart rate while landing on the moon for the first time with 16 seconds of fuel left and searching for an alternate landing site was 88 BPM. That is not much higher than someone watching tv. His fellow Astronauts had significantly higher heart rates. Back when he was in flight school in Bartow, Florida he attempted a double Immemalman turn in a T-28 Trojan and blacked out. He woke up 200 feet above the ground and pulled out of the fatal dive. Piloting his F-86 Sabre over Korea, he shot down two Mig fighters with the Sabre’s guns. After joining the NASA space program he ended up with a successful space walk on Gemini 12 before his trip to the moon in Apollo 11. At age 87 he became the oldest person to fly with the Air Force Thunderbirds in 2017. He has the dubious (my favorite) claim to be the first person to urinate on the moon (cracks me up). He was awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2 Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Congressional Gold Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and retired a Brigadier General from the USAF. Next time you see a 93 year old man at a gas station or in a restaurant wearing a veteran's hat: buy that man a drink or shake his hand.
There are men of valor all around us. Valor is in you. Set it free.