Peanuts and Space Pilots

There’s a post up over at NewsBusters about how Charles Schultz stood firm when he was told by CBS executive that “you can’t read the Bible on television” and insisted on keeping the closing scene in A Charlie Brown Christmas during which Linus quotes from Luke 2.

That one small step for an animated character set the stage for larger steps by three space pilots, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, three years later. During the 40th Anniversary celebration for the Apollo 8 mission in 2008, Frank Borman recalled, “We were told that on Christmas Eve we would have the largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice, and the only instructions that we got from NASA was to do something appropriate.” Jim Lovell added, “The first ten verses of Genesis is the foundation of many of the world’s religions, not just the Christian religion. There are more people in other religions than the Christian religion around the world, and so this would be appropriate to that and so that’s how it came to pass.”

Merry Christmas!