Buzz Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon when
the Apollo 11 lunar module landed gracefully in the Sea of Tranquility. But in recent years, Aldrin’s relationship
with his children has been anything but tranquil.
two of Aldrin’s three children and his business manager had alleged that the 89-year-old former
astronaut was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and incapable of handling his own finances. The children sought guardianship over
him. Incensed, Aldrin sued them, accusing them of elder exploitation and
mismanaging his businesses, the Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation and Buzz Aldrin
Enterprises. He claimed his son Andrew had stolen half a million dollars from
Then, in March 2019, the feud – at least the public legal wrangling – came to an end. Family members announced that they were dropping their respective lawsuits and were committed to working out their conflicts privately. And the timing could
not be more appropriate: 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon
landing, and there are many commemorative events on tap that Aldrin and his family will participate in. They want those events, not the family’s legal woes, to take center stage.
Aldrin of the end of the legal conflict: “This was the most charitable way to manage a difficult situation, as
this year…is too
important to my family, the nation and me.” His children, Janice and
Andrew, echoed that sentiment: “We are pleased to confirm that the legal
proceedings for guardianship as well as civil actions have been dismissed by
members of the Aldrin family. We truly appreciate the support we have received
from so many and ask, again, for your understanding and respect as we continue
to work through this as a family, in a private manner.”
By the way, if you haven’t yet done so, see the movie Apollo 11. The filmmakers
have cleaned up the fuzzy footage of the 1969 event and it feels like you are
seeing this wondrous event for the first time!