The Truth: Moon Graffiti
The Landing Gone Awry
“That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.” We all know the quote, the triumphant story. It seems written in stone. But Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong came within inches of tragedy when they landed Apollo 11. Moon Grafitti, an episode in a series called The Truth from Jonathan Mitchell and Hillary Frank, distributed by American Public Media, imagines what it might have sounded like if things had gone a little differently. Based on a contingency speech written by William Safire for Richard Nixon titled “In the Event of Moon Disaster". Moon Graffiti harks back to a time when radio was theatre, where people gathered and were trasported to a new and entirely different realm, all through the power of sound. Very Short List called Moon Graffiti "excellently executed...bring[ing] this macabre counterfactual deliciously close to reality." Matt Evans stars as Neil Armstrong, Ed Herbstman as Buzz Aldrin and John Ottavino as Richard Nixon. Jonathan Mitchell produced the piece, Hillary Frank is the editor.