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· Northwe'st Arkansas TIMES, Sun., July 14, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS They Returned To Fame And Acclaim, But. The Moon Stamped Its Mark On 72 American Astronauts · ,By HOWARD BENEDICT . AP Aerospace Writer · T w e l v e moii have walked on the moon -- lhat distant globe that Edwin E. Aldrin described as "Beautiful! Beautiful! .. . Magnificent desolation " It !ias been five years since man first stirred the ancient lunar dust and the feat has been relegated to history. But it remains fresh in the memories of the- only 12 humans to view the earth from another body. On return to earth, some had difficulty readjusting. Eight of the; 12 men have left the astronaut corps. One is a millionaire. One preaches about God and is deeply in debt. One is exploring frontiers of the mind. After their historic flight, Armstrong and Aldrin were feted around the world. Armstrong, a quiet .intelligent man, did not like the glare of publicity and he soon withdrew from public life. As the first man on the moon, he probably could have earned a fortune trading his name. Instead, he chose the academic life and he is now a 43-year-old professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnali. His most vivid memory? "On the surface I recall the great relief of finding that we could in fact walk and maintain stability. We concluded in a very few minutes that operation on the moon was indeed practical." Armstrong also regrets thai the spirit fostered by his "giant leap for mankind" faded as the public seemed to lose interest in the space program. ' There still is criticism thai the more than $20 billion spen on the entire man-on-the-mooi program would have been bet ter spent solving some o! America's social problems. PROPAGANDA SEEN Others say the nation's space goal -- landing on the moon in he 1960s -- was proiiaganda- iriented. It would have been ess costly, they say, to develop i system of reusable space iliullles first, then use these bullies to reach the moon in he 1970s. .Aldrin .shared .Armstrong's dislike for the round of public appearances that followed the \.po!lo 11 flight. But he did not cope as well as Armstrong did. Soon after the mission lie sank nto menial depression. The Air Force passed him over for promotion' to brigadier ;eneral, a long-sought goal. In lopes of getting his star, he quit the astronaut corps and became commander of the Aerospace Research Pilots School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Jut his problem continued. "1 was on my way to having good old American nervous breakdown," Aldrin reported. '1 realized it and asked for lelp." Aldrin left the Air Force and wrote book, "Return to Sarth," which relates his prob- ems in intimate detail. Now a private citizen living in Hidden Hills, Calif., Aldrin, 44, said he is busy helping write, a television movie version of his book. He also is a consultant for a few aviation and electronics firms and he travels extensively to talk about menial health. Aldrin- said he still takes regular treatment to prevent a recurrence of his mental depression, and he and his wife, Joan, still have family counseling sessions to help preserve their marriage. Apollo 12's Charles Conrad Jr. and Alan L, Bean are the only moonwalkers who made subsequent space flights. Conrad commanded the Skylab 1 28-day orbital mission in 1973. His daring space walks helped save the station when it ran nto serious mechanical trouble. Bean Iieadetf the Skylab 2 crew which later inhabited the sta- iori for 59 days. "Certainly a walk on the moon lias to have a profound effect on a person," Bean said. 'It influences your philosophical outlook when you look back at our tiny earth. And it affects a person, in my opinion, because it's a high risk situation. You can see your life in jeopardy all the time. You're able to contemplate those things perhaps the same way a person is changed when he's in combat." Conrad's' flight was barely over when he starved for more action. When I came home from the moon, I said I wanted to fly again," said the balding, fast- talking Conrad, who races autos for relaxation. "I volun leered to work on Skylab, be cause that was an exciting pro;ram. After that .1 volunteered earlier this year lured him away from the space program, and he is now the 44-year-old vice president of a cable television company in Denver. ONE OF FOUR Bean, 42, is one of the four moonmen still in the astronaut corps. He is training as backup commander for the U.S. team that will fly a joint earth orbit mission with Soviet cosmonauts next July. He noted that after that light, no U.S. astronauts are to fly again until the space shuttle is launched in 1979 and that he might not stay around that long. "I'm going to look around and see what's available," he said. "If a really good opportunity comes along, I suspect I'll take it." Alan B. Shepard Jr., America's first spaceman back in 1961, and later commander of Apollo 14, retires from the Navy and the astronaut corps on Aug. 1. He is 50. He parlayed his fame, personality and a shrewd business sense into a sideline career that has made him a wealthy mn. mainly in banking and rea! estate. Shepard's Apollo 14 compan ion, Edgar D. Mitchell, 43, left the astronaut corps in 1972 and bnrned an organization to study 'the psychic potential of man and other forms of life." During his moon trip, Mitchell conducted tests of extrasensory perception with some 'riends on earth and called ;hem a conditional success. Soon after his return; he was divorced and concentrated on research into psychic phenomena. He now heads The Institute of Noetic Sciences in Palo Alto, Calif., conducting a study of human consciousness. "There have been very few ol us privileged to experience the mystical and soul-rending feeling of floating through endless space and looking back to see home ... the beautiful jewel of earth," he said. "Those mo ments have had a profound effect on my life and my perspective." REUGIOU SEXPERIENCE James B. Irwin of Apollo 15 views his moon journey as an overpowering religious ex perience, one he feels com pelled to tell others about. "I felt the power of God as I'd never felt it before," Irwin said. "My faith in God was freshened and- made mor real." He retired from the Ail Force and NASA hi 1972 am founded ; High Flight, an inter enotninational evangelistic undation, headquarteretd in olorado Springs, Colo. It put m in a deep financial hole iat at one time amounted to early $250,000. Most of the debt, now down about $160,000, accrued last :ar when High Flight spon- ired retreats in Colorado for rraer Vietnam prisoners of ar and their families, and the families of those missing in action. The retreats, attended by 1,500, included marriage, psychological and spiritual counseling. David R. Scott, 42, the Apollo 15 commander, said, "Going to the moon has got to be an overpowering experience in- anyone's life. It changes your outlook .... What impressed me was looking at the earth and finding it is the only color in the universe. "My feeling is the earth has a crew like a spacecraft, and for the mission to be successful, the crew has to work together." Apollo 16's . moonwalkers, John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr., are still in the astronaut corps, based at Houston's Johnson Space Center. WANTED . . ! ! 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In fact, it is suggested that the dinner table he a quiet place, for noise can bring about poor digestion. We are also told that teenagers who listen to excessively loud noise often suffer hearing loss. Noise is Just not healthy. It is interesting to note that when 'God inspired King David to write Psalm Forty-six roughly 3.000 years ago, the problem of "noise pollution" was mentioned. The first part of verse ten reads: "Be still and know that I am God." ..THE PROBLEM then, as now, was noise. For you see, man knows if his relationship to the Father is what it should be. This is one of the jobs-of the Holy Spirit--to convict (or to tell) man of his sin (the cause of his fractured relationship with the Father). You and I don't always want to hear this. We all know people who hear only what they want ;o hear and block out what they don't like. Well, we oftentimes are like this with God. He speaks, and since we can't ignore Him we try to drown Him out. When we are alone we automatically turn on the radio or TV. We don't like for it to be quiet. But God in His concern for each one of us says, "Be still," or turn off al What noise so you can hear Me and then you will know or realize that I am God. I am who I say I am, and by virtue of this fact (not fable as some noise makers want to believe) I promise to be all you need if you'll but listen and act on what I ONE OF THE most refreshing experiences of existence is to stop in the middle of all of our frustration, perplexity, confusion, and doubts and take time to listen to God. Jesus Christ didn't come from Heaven and live on earth to keep us guessing about God's purpose and power for our lives. If the noise of the world is creeping up on you, why not start listening to God? I can assure you He's got something to say just for you. Claude Akins, Long-Time TV F Movie Bad Guy, Gets Series NOW AT OUR UHI-ROY-AL Sale StarKs July 15th and Ends July 25th. You Don't have to be present to win. 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"Try smiling for a photograph and you'll get an idea of how hard it is to act the good guy. Then try sneering. "It's almost impossible to sneer badly." Even when Akins was a good guy. he often got killed. In a "Police Story" show this past season he played a detective dying of cancer who wanted to get killed in the line of duty. His voice has a bark to it and his round, slightly jowly face is that of "a good country boy." Akins, born in Nelson, Ga., nnd raised in Bedford, hid., believes his face and voice are assets. .. PLAYS SONNY PRUETT .. In "Movin' On," he is Sonny Pruett, a rugged, growling driver who owns his own rig and picks up a load wherever and whenever he can. His partner is Will Chandler, played by Converse, a dropout from the legal profession. What made the pilot movie work was not exciting scenes with the truck, but the relationship between the two men as they maneuvered around their conflicting philosophies to form an edgy bond of friendship. Akins said, "It's a good relationship. I'm glad it's not a cops and robbers show. We won't be solving hijackings. I think there's a lot of interest and drama in a trucker's life. "They have as free a life as you can have and still he a part of society." "Movin' On" represents the t e l e v i s i o n debut of Phil D'Antoni, who produced the Os- c a r-winning "French Connection." It m a r k s TV's return to the "road shows," such as "Route 66' and "Then Came Bronson." It will he filmed entirely on location in such places as Astoria and Portland, Ore.. Salt Lake City and Moab, Utah, and Las Vegas. "I hate to leave the family that long," Akins said. "I don't want to miss the interesting times of my kids growing up. But actors are half gypsy anyway. You have to go where the iwork is." Akins, wife Theresa and three children, Claude, Wendy and Michelle; live in Northridge, a San Fernando Valley suburb of Los Angeles. The location schedule also will play havoc with Akins' golf game. 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