RN, Apollo, And Obits
The Smoking Gun is featuring documents that the Nixon White House prepared before the Apollo 11 mission in the event that it ended in tragedy. Discover mutters that reading the plan “gives us the creepy feeling of reading the obituary of someone who is still alive.” I hate to break this to the folks at Discover, but news organizations do write obituaries of prominent people while they are still alive. (That practice was the premise of a couple of episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a Nixon-era sitcom set in a Minneapolis TV newsroom.)
If they have any sense of responsibility, presidents and other decision-makers draft “worst-case” contingency plans. So do lots of other people. Radio listeners here in Southern California are accustomed to ads for Forest Lawn Mortuaries.
So, like, this is news?