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12 Historical Speeches Nobody Ever Heard

For every speech, there are a bunch of versions that ended up on the writers’ room floor. Here are 12 speeches that were written but, for a variety of reasons, never delivered. 1. “In Event of Moon Disaster” As the world nervously waited for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land on the moon, Nixon speechwriter William [...]

In Event of Moon Disaster: The White House Plan for the Worst-Case Scenario

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the lunar landing. Here’s a look at the worst-case scenario plans, which Chris Higgins originally discussed in 2007. In July 1969, the world watched as the crew of Apollo 11 successfully entered lunar orbit, landed, then blasted off and returned to Earth. At each step of the way there [...]

The Moon Disaster That Never Happened

Note: William Safire, columnist and former speechwriter, died on Sunday at age 79. I have reposted this blog post, originally from October 29, 2007, as a tribute to a great writer. In July 1969, the world watched as the crew of Apollo 11 successfully entered lunar orbit, landed, then blasted off and returned to Earth. At [...]