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“Why Is the Moon So Boring.” Panel Discussion. National Observer, May, 22. Excerpts from a transcript of an NBC panel moderated by John Chancellor and Edwin Newman. Besides Mailer, the other panelists were Arthur C. Clarke, James Dickey and Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepard Jr. Mailer dominates the discussion of why the Apollo 11 mission failed to excite public imagination: “One of the reasons it didn’t is there was no attempt made to explore the sensuous properties of the moon.” See 71.1, 72.24, 73.1.