Saturday, March 23, 2019
As the 50th anniversary of the moonwalk approaches, a shadow looming over the impending celebrations has been eradicated. Two children of astronaut Buzz Aldrin that had petitioned to become guardians of their father have withdrawn the petitions, and thus Aldrin also dropped his lawsuit against them and his former manager.
Aldrin, 89, stated that the end of the legal battle will help restore harmony within his family. "This was the most charitable way to manage a difficult situation, as this year, which marks 50 years since we first stepped foot on the moon, is too important to my family, the nation and me." Aldrin was second many ever to walk on the moon, on July 20, 1969, immediately after Neil Armstrong during the mission Apollo 11.
Buzz Aldrin sued two of his three children, Andy and Jan Aldrin, in Florida court after they filed a petition saying their father was suffering from memory loss, delusions, paranoia and confusion. The children said Aldrin was associating with new friends who were trying to alienate him from his family, and that he had been spending his assets as "an alarming rate." Aldrin's oldest son, James, wasn't involved in the legal fight.
See Mike Schneider, Legal Fight Between Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and Kids is Over, SF Gate, March 13, 2019.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.