Eighty year old Buzz Aldrin competed on Dancing With the Stars last night, in what had to be the most entertaining and earnest performance of the evening.
Buzz Aldrin graduated third in his class from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1951. He was then commissioned into the Air Force, flew combat fighters in Korea, and was selected for the space program. On July 20, 1969 he became the second person to set foot on the moon after Neil Armstrong. (Do you remember watching that on TV? I do.)
Aldrin’s wife says he has always been a “risk taker” and Dancing With the Stars is just another example of that characteristic.
His segment kicked off with a videotaped pep talk from two astronauts on the international space station.
After the Cha-Cha number, the British judge, while commending Aldrin’s heroism, judged his dancing “awful,” to which the emcee asked “How’s that British space program going?”
The Italian judge said Buzz danced like he still had moon boots on.
Watching it, I felt a bit like when I see the seniors dancing in their aerobics class at the Y. A big smile crosses my face and I think, “I hope I’m still kickin’ like that and loving life when I’m 80.”
Aldrin recieved a standing ovation from the crowd as he walked off the dance floor.