Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Brush With Fame

I had the opportunity last night to meet and shake hands with the fourth man to walk on the Moon, Alan Bean. I lucked into a ticket for a panel discussion with him and some other NASA types talking about Return To The Moon, followed by a reception at the LBJ Library.

I feel fortunate that I was able to ask Capt. Bean a question that had been weighing heavily on my mind. "Captain Bean, are you a Turtle?"

He is! =)


ambroseliao said...

Turtle? I don't get it! :-)

imjeffp said...

The Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles is "an honorable drinking fraternity composed of ladies and gentlemen of the highest morals and good character, who are never vulgar." It is assumed that all prospective turtles own a diabetic donkey, or one of a sweet and kindly disposition, which is the reason for the password. Once inducted, a member must reply to the question, "Are you a turtle?" with the answer, "You bet your sweet ass I am." If the member is unable or unwilling (perhaps because of the restriction on vulgarity) to provide the correct answer, he or she owes to each other turtle present a drink of the recipient's choice.