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Melvin Dummar says a grand conspiracy has denied him his portion of billionaire Howard Hughes' vast estate. Many consider Dummar to be a fraud but an in-depth investigation by Gary Magnesen has apparently shown Dummar to be a good samaritan who saved Hughes from certain death. Both joined George Knapp to discuss why Hughes was in the desert, as well as those who schemed to deny Dummar and several institutions of their rightful share of the Hughes estate. In the first hour, veteran music journalist Joel Selvin talked about the notorious Rolling Stones Altamont concert of 1969, considered by many to be rock’s darkest day.

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Al Worden

Special Guest

Biography:

Al Worden was command module pilot aboard Apollo 15 in summer, 1971. The CMP on this mission not only stayed in orbit around the moon while his crewmates explored the surface, he was very busy during his station-keeping.

Apollo 15 was the first "J-mission" designed for heavy geologic input. It was the first mission to use the lunar rover, the first to use extended-stay, rechargible lunar suits, a crew heavily trained in geology; by the nation's finest geologists, and a SIM bay, a heavily instrumented section of the orbiting spacecraft exposed to space. snapping high-resolution photos of the moon from orbit. The SIM bay was operated by Worden. On the flight home, Worden did a deep-spacewalk to rertrieve exposed film from the SIM bay.

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Apollo Mission Scandal

Ian Punnett welcomed Apollo 15 command module pilot Al Worden, who discussed his career in spaceflight and how he went from honored national hero to being drummed out of the NASA Astronaut Corps. In the first hour, author Howard Wasdin (book link) reacted to the deadly helicopter incident that cost the lives of 22 Navy Seals. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett
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