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Buzz Aldrin named L.A. County's lunar diplomat

The Board of Supervisors declares the astronaut 'Honorary Consul General to the Moon from Los Angeles County.'

November 11, 2009|Richard Winton

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is heading for the final frontier: Space.

At the behest of Supervisor Mike Antonovich, the board Tuesday appointed Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin as its "Honorary Consul General to the Moon from Los Angeles County."

Aldrin was the second man to step on the moon in July 1969.

The Board of Supervisors, famous for presentations of elaborate scrolls, gave one to Aldrin, who accepted on behalf of the 24 Apollo astronauts who reached the vicinity of the moon.

The astronauts represent the "highest ideals of a seasoned American military officer, American military aviator, American veteran, and American space explorer," the board's agenda stated.

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richard.winton@latimes.com

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