But after watching the video of him punching a heckler in the face, we have a whole new kind of love and admiration for him.
The Youtube video posted by space enthusiast Accutronitis The 2nd, shows Aldrin and an associate starting to cross the street while being followed by a film crew. A man in a dark sports coat carrying a Bible quickly steps in front of Aldrin and repeatedly asks, “Why don’t you swear on the Bible, that you walked on the moon.”
Aldrin heads back to the sidewalk and says to a hotel bellman, “Tell him to get outta here or we’ll call the police.”
The cell phone video, which appears to be from 2002, continues to follow the man as the bellman attempts to keep him from approaching Aldrin, who was by then standing a few feet away by the building’s entrance.
But the heckler makes another push toward Aldrin saying, “You’re the one who said you walked on the moon when you didn’t, calling the kettle black …
Aldrin again tells the man to get away from him.
But it’s when this conspiracy theorist calls him “a coward and a liar” that Col. Aldrin decides it’s time for takeoff.
Within seconds of the insult, Aldrin connects his lunar fist with the man’s face.
The video ends with Aldrin out of frame, but the video’s editor was kind enough to loop the punch several times so we can enjoy viewing the solid punch and hearing what sounds like a boxing glove hitting a heavy bag.
Denying one of America’s greatest achievements is dumb, but messing with an American hero is just flat out stupid. So today we salute you, Colonel Buzz Aldrin. “That was one great punch for man and one badass lesson for mankind ... don't f--- with an American hero!”
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