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Monday, July 26, 2010

Buzz Aldrin's San Francisco Appearance Has Been Grounded

Posted By on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM

click to enlarge Major buzzkill...
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San Francisco, we have a problem.

Believe it or not, space ranger Buzz Aldrin will no longer be attending the grand reopening of Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum at Fisherman's Wharf today.

Though he was expected to bring that extra oomph to a new space exhibit, The Apollo XI astronaut called Ripley's two hours ago to say he had come down with a fever and was told by his doctor that flying -- even terrestrially -- from his home in Southern California to San Francisco would be mission impossible.

The franchise's vice president of communications, Tim O'Brien, told SF Weekly that the show will go on without its main attraction. "Unfortunately we won't have our celebrity moon walker," he said.

Because we now know what happens when the second man to walk on the moon and former Dancing With The Stars contestant is crabby, it's probably best he rests. (The astronaut, then 72, punched out abusive moon-landing conspiracy nutjob Bart Sibrel eight years ago).

True that while the museum serves to entertain, a punch to Willie Brown's face might not be the spectacle executives had in mind for the hundreds of Very Important People in attendance. The sight of the two men standing next to each other would have been plenty bizarre enough.

O'Brien said there are no plans as of now to find a replacement, though rumor has it that Buzz Lightyear is looking for a new gig now that the Toy Story saga has run its course.

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