Phil Leadbetter… to the moon!

Phil Leadbetter training for space flight...  OK its a fake.We’ve all seen coverage of the 4oth anniversary of the NASA moon landing this past few days. Those of us old enough to remember have even had the chance to play the “where were you when…” game.

The Times Dispatch of Richmond, VA had extensive reporting yesterday recalling the moon landing and the many people required to make it happen. Times Dispatch photographer and multi-media content creator Dean Hoffmeyer put together a slide show with audio for their web site, which includes a familiar voice.

“Did you know that Phil Leadbetter has collected NASA memorabilia since he was a kid? I knew he would be a good person to turn to on the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

Also recorded is Col. James Beard, USAF retired, who volunteered for the astronaut program, but was one of the hundreds (maybe thousands) who were eliminated in the selection process. Beard is also a bluegrass lover.”

Who knew? Check out the slide show here.

Dean does side work as a free lance photographer in the bluegrass world, with a number of album covers to his credit. We are proud to note that he will be part of our 2009 IBMA coverage here on Bluegrass Today.

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