Dancing With The Stars 2010: Buzz Aldrin talks about his decision to take part

At 80 years old, Col. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin is one of the oldest celebrities ever to sign up for ABC’s Dancing With Stars. Talking about his decision to take part in the dance show, the former moon walker told Zap2It that his reasons were mostly financial.

“Living on Air Force retirement and Social Security, I’m forced to go out and sing for my supper quite a bit,” he said. “Most of the astronauts are in the business of marketing memorabilia and autographs. It’s not like a football player being paid millions and millions, and it’s a shame that somebody who has gone to the moon has to do that.”

“I have over 800,000 followers on Twitter, I’m coming out with a new iPhone application, and I’ve written two children’s books and a science-fiction story that I hope to get made into a movie.

“Then there’s my recent autobiography, ‘Magnificent Desolation.’ All of that is in pursuit of communicating with diverse groups of people who remember the past and want to see us rebuild on that for the future.'”

Now that he is rehearsing for Dancing With The Stars, Aldrin admitted that he has had to revise his social schedule. “I may be postponing a reunion with my fighter squadron,” he added, “and maybe a diving expedition to mark the 40th anniversary of a sea-and-space sharing group.”

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