Tuesday, October 21, 2003

World's most famous watch in lunar tug of war

Cosmic Log has a blurb about Buzz Aldrin's watch. The one he wore on the moon. The Omega Speedmaster disappeared nearly 4 decades ago while on it's way to permanent display at the Smithsonian Air/Space Museum in D.C. Today, the watch is worth MILLIONS.

Now a retired clerk claims he bought it 30 years ago from "someone" and wants to go to court to prove he should own it and not the American people. Buzz would like it to go where it belongs.

Uncle Sam's opinion? "... if the watch is the one worn by Buzz Aldrin during his moon walk, the watch is the property of the government".

Technically, that watch should be government property and the government can simply demand it back. Much like a sunken Navy ship still belongs to the Navy.

Absent that, it's an Historical Artifact. It was on it's way to the Smithsonian. Mr. Morely would do well to shut this trap, and join Aldrin in donating the watch to the Smith. His name would then be forever associated with it. Though he doesn't deserve to be in the same plaque as the second man to walk on the moon, that much is certain.

What a JERK.

I hope a judge slaps him silly (in the legal sense, of course. Buzz can do it on his own).


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