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John Byrne
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Posted: 13 January 2020 at 9:10pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Walt Disney’s MAN INTO SPACE (1959)
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Nazis "re-purposed"! America did their best to keep a lid on it, but... it's incredible to think how much World War II-era German scientists made (um?) our achievement possible.
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I kept thinking of comedian Mort Sahl’s modification of the title of Werner von Braun’s autobiography: I AIM AT THE STARS (but sometimes I hit London).
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Yeah, that's a good one.

Did you ever see the J. Lee Thompson movie adaptation? If I recall correctly, the line is used in the film too.
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Did you ever see the J. Lee Thompson movie adaptation?

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Many, MANY years ago, on TV.

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Checking the IMDb, I am reminded how that movie, like the Disney doc, skips over von Braun's Nazi affiliations.
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Ah, Operation Paperclip...

Well, at least it made for Tom Lehrer's great song
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People/media did bring it up at the time in the '50s and '60s. You'd have to dig up Von Braun's answers to know if they seem sincere to you, and then check those against the facts of his activities in the war years.

I used to read Willy Ley's regular column in Galaxy, probably the most science I ever got, so I think he did good.
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Cool. I wasn't old enough to read his column in the magazine, but my library had two collections of them. He was the direct inspiration for Asimov's column in F&SF, and Jerry Pournelle had a later column in Galaxy, which I read when I was old enough to appreciate him including the math.
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