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Mike DeTorrice
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Officer Shep Aldrin was a rookie policeman and was on his very first patrol assignment on July 18, 1955. It was also the first day on the job for his brand-new '55 Pontiac police cruiser. It normally should have been a very routine shift starting in the very early morning hours down by the waterfront district. But it turned out to be not routine at all. In fact it was quite far out of the ordinary.

Officer Aldrin first got a call from the dispatcher just around dawn on that very foggy morning that there was an illegally parked automobile near the harbor bridge that needed to be checked out, ticketed and towed. When the young cop arrived, he immediately saw the car was a brand-new 1955 Packard Caribbean.
The license plate came back as belonging to a Dr. Franklin Reno, a wealthy astronomy professor who had been working on various projects for both government and private investors. When no one answered the phone at Reno's house, Officer Aldrin was planning on driving directly over there. However, the fog lifted a bit, and it quickly became evident that Dr. Reno may still be hanging around in the harbor area, namely, at the end of a rope under the bridge. Just as Aldrin called in an alert to both headquarters and the City Morgue, the fog lifted a bit more and another hanging body was seen across the bridge on the other side.

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The first deceased body was identified as Dr. Reno. However, the coroner doing the autopsy later that morning reported some curious items :

(1) The fingerprints on the right hand were absolutely accurate, But the left hand had no finger or palm prints of any kind. Simply skin as perfectly smooth as a baby's bottom.
(2) Dr. Reno did not die of suffocation or a broken neck. He was already dead at the end of the rope. But no cause of death could be discovered at all. No suicide, no murder, simply a body that had "switched off".
(3) Reno had no discernible navel/belly button whatsoever.
(4) The other body was found with the same "curious" conditions. However, his ID indicated a man named "Carlos Allen" and he had apparently arrived at the bridge by bicycle. Yet, there were no records at all that such a man actually existed and with the ID apparently perfectly forged at a level beyond that normally found. The right-hand fingerprints were not on file anywhere, even with Interpol.

The shaken young officer had parked his Pontiac prowl car at Joe's Red Hot Dogs & Suds to take a quick lunch when a call came in to proceed immediately to the house of Dr. Reno's research assistant to interview him on the circumstances so far on this July morning. When Shep arrived, it was clear only a seance would gather any info from the assistant, as he had obviously leaped from the upper story to his death.

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The body was removed, but later that afternoon, Officer Aldrin got the stunning info from the coroner, that again, the assistant was dead of unknown causes before his body had exited the bathroom window on the third floor. A bathroom that was securely locked from the inside with no signs of a struggle.

By this time, both Aldrin and the new Pontiac squad car were coming off their unbelievable first shift and the shaken young cop took his 1950 Chevrolet home to his apartment. A short time later, Aldrin got a mysterious telephone call from someone who refused to give his name, but told him to drive out to the moon observatory at Gordon Point. Once there, Shep went into the office where the receptionist seemed to be expecting him. She handed him a envelope addressed to him, which, when opened, simply said : "0.67416 degrees N latitude, 23.47314 degrees E longitude - Why not be there early to greet the new arrivals ?"
Shep was now totally confused. Being a Geography major at college, he knew those coordinates were somewhere in the deep jungle near the equator in the Belgian Congo. As he turned to leave, the receptionist must have noticed his bewilderment and reminding him, "This is a lunar observatory."

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Once back home, Aldrin got a call from his Chief telling him he could take the next day off, given the stress of his first patrol assignment. It was just as well, as the next day, he got a series of strange phone calls directing him to meet with certain "informed people' who might know a bit about the weird events taking place around him. The first told him to meet a man driving a 1952 Hudson convertible out at the old Army storage area at "TNT Point". This man, who remained in the shadows inside his car, whispered to Shep that, "The Moon is a very interesting place and has been for untold thousands or even millions of years. Even archeologists learn a great deal from ancient ruins on Earth. We think we can learn a great deal, too, which is why rocketships will be aiming at our Moon very soon now. Knowledge is a wonderful thing, but it can also be very dangerous. People can get killed or wars can start over such secret knowledge ........ even interplanetary wars. It's terrible when the Garden of Eden is destroyed, don't you think ?"

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Before Shep could answer, the man passed him a note and drove off. The note mentioned another meeting later that evening in a old garage near the downtown area. When Officer Aldrin got there, a big '52 Nash Ambassador was waiting. A man got out and nervously motioned him inside the garage. There he pointed at a big scale model of a huge rocketship. "I've been working on this project since 1947" he said. It's beyond Top Secret, he claimed, and it's about to leave on a flight. The destination was the Moon. "But things are starting to get really dangerous." People are apparently "disappearing" and he was no longer sure who was in charge of the whole project. The name "Aldrin" was somehow familiar to him and he had also seen the Officer's name in the news reports yesterday of Dr. Reno's "suicide". Thus, he thought he might alert the policeman with his concerns. "If you are still interested, either officially as a cop or just for your own curiosity, my assistant, Miss Vandenburg, will be at this address around midnight with any details we have of the time and place of the rocket's launch pad schedule for the lunar trip. She's a blond and will be wearing a polka-dot dress and driving a convertible '55 Pontiac."

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Aldrin thanked the man, and quickly got in his Chevy to find the address, which was in an alley behind an old factory in the rather run-down warehouse district of the west side. The man said it was not so easy to find and indeed, Shep had to cruise around some bad neighborhoods before he found the spot. He wished the whole time he was in his new police cruiser and had his service revolver and radio.

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Miss Vandenburg was quite young, but obviously knew her job very well and slipped Shep the details indicating a point out in the desert near Silver Sands and a launch time of late the following evening.

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Officer Aldrin's shift the next day ended at 8 PM but he asked his supervisor if he could extend his duty time until midnight or so to follow up on some informant's tips on the Reno Affair. He got clearance and headed out into the desert near Silver Sands. As he rounded a sand dune and rock outcropping in his Pontiac patrol car, he was stunned to see a giant launch tower and a huge rocketship sitting on the launch pad.

He quickly got out of his vehicle and approached the big missile. There appeared to be nobody around and seeing an opening near the top of the rocket, Aldrin climbed up the gantry stairs until he was at the top. Entering the ship, he still saw no one present.

But suddenly the door slammed shut, a countdown began, and the next thing he knew he was looking out of a porthole at the earth and cloudtops gleaming in the moonlight and a curving horizon receding beneath him. A pale blue light came on in the cabin and a man turned around in his seat in front of him and said "Welcome aboard. We have been expecting you ! The next stop will be at lunar coordinates 0.67416 degrees N latitude, 23.47314 degrees E longitude ........ or, as will become much more familiar on July 20, 1969, the Sea of Tranquility aka Tranquility Base and a certain "step" for man and mankind. Except it won't actually be the "first". And, as we said, it's good to be there early, even 14 years early, to greet new arrivals. One of whom you will know, as he is your brother." The information was shocking to Aldrin, and even more so because the man making the statement was a very much alive Dr. Franklin Reno.

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Officer Shep Aldrin disappeared that night of July 20, 1955. But his faithful Pontiac police cruiser remained in service for many years until it's honorable retirement, earning the reverential title of the "Moon Buggy".


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"what is it boss? "....."Can the chatter sweetheart,and get me the Pulitzer committee on the phone__Pronto!!"

Bravo Mike !!!!!!.......a MASTERFUL CREATION !!!!!


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Although I was in a hurry this morning your story caught my attention and I couldn't leave until I read it to conclusion. Great job Mike.


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Jack Dodds
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Excellent story Mike....well done!  You aren't related to Rod Serling by any chance are you?


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beautiful presentation and appreciated very much.


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Mike DeTorrice
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Thanks, all ! (and yes, Alice Kramden was also on the Moon well before Neil Armstrong ....... Wink )


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Posted by: @mikedetorrice

Thanks, all ! (and yes, Alice Kramden was also on the Moon well before Neil Armstrong ....... Wink )

LOL......"One day Alice....Pow...right in the kisser".

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Mike DeTorrice
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Thanks, all ! (and yes, Alice Kramden was also on the Moon well before Neil Armstrong ....... Wink )

LOL......"One day Alice....Pow...right in the kisser".

Yep ! Alice didn't have the benefit of a Saturn V rocket, just a Ralph K. bluster mouth booster ....... Silly  

 


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