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Flightline Friday: Charlie Duke Took Country Music to the Moon July 19, 2019

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Flightline Friday, fun, history, Society, technology, true leadership.

During these celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 flight, here’s a quick post about the man who was the CAPCOM during the famous landing of Lunar Module #5 “Eagle” at Tranquilty Base, Apollo 16 LMP Charlie Duke.  Charlie Duke was always one of the most affable and likable of astronauts, and he still is today.  He is a convicted protestant, but has some very interesting things to say about evolution in the final video.  I love what he wore to the 50th anniversary gala of the Apollo 11 landings at the Reagan Library two nights ago:

Captain Duke lives in the New Braunfels area.  Love the cumberbund and tie.

Robert Earl Keen and Randy Rogers recorded this song about Charlie Duke, which is a true story, as is the bit from Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton at the end. That was actually part of a tape that Charlie Duke took with him on the Apollo 16 flight, which consisted of music recorded by huge country artists specifically for Duke on that flight.  Others that contributed were Buck Owens, Porter Waggoner, and Jerry Reed:
Here’s a recent interview with Charlie, see his comments about evolution at 4:20.  He is quite right in noting that evolution is taught as a religion, but I disagree a bit that there is no ultimate proof of God.  I believe the great Doctors of the Church have sufficiently established that proof.  In fact, I would argue there is much, much more evidence in favor of both the existence of God and the Biblical creation story, than there is of Darwin’s deliberately anti-Christian conception of evolution of the species. Nevertheless, it’s good to hear:
Dominus vobiscum!


1. Tim - July 20, 2019

Another 50th Anniversary we should not forget:


I do remember watching Apollo 11 moon landing on TV in my grandparents’ living room. I was just shy of 7 years old! Wow that 1/2 century went FAST!!!

Tantumblogo - July 20, 2019

Sure, Ace hit this issue hard. I wonder to what degree distraction by the moon landing helped keep the false pretend Catholic, incredibly destructive Teddy Kennedy out of the long term prison term he rightly deserved.

Tim - July 21, 2019

I pray Mr. Kennedy made a Confession before he passed.

2. c matt - July 26, 2019

I think he confuses scientific/material evidence (physics) with logical proofs (metaphysics). The Doctors of the Church have logically proven the existence of God. Given this metaphysical fact, the scientific analysis of creation describes the function of creation within that already established fact. Scientific investigation is neither designed nor capable of doing metaphysics. It is simply the wrong tool for the job, like trying to use a flashlight to fasten a screw.

Tantumblogo - August 13, 2019

He didn’t exactly write a dissertation on the subject. Your distinction is valid and important, but even being willing to publicly declare belief in God is a rare thing these days.

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