Sad news -- it's on the wires.
Alan Shepard was asked, "Why did you pick Mitchell as your LM pilot?", he answered "Because I wanted to come home". But "Big Al" really had nothing to
do with the choice, Mitchell already was ON the crew but a hole had appeared when the mission commander, Gordon Cooper, clearly well past his prime,
was nudged into retirement, and it was HIS slot that needed replacing [if Shepard hadn't gotten off the injured-reserve bench, it probably would have
Mitchell and I had a long-distance respectful relationship for the last quarter century, not agreeing on conclusions but encouraging each other to