the lost astronaut
a film by Ben Proudfoot
In another of Ben Proudfoot’s “Almost Famous” film series is this story of Ed Dwight Jr., who, in 1963, was poised to be NASA’s first African-American astronaut. Until suddenly he wasn’t. “I could have been the first black guy in space. … How the hell you get famous for something you didn’t do?” Dwight says, laughing. You will be so happy you have met this delightful, memorable man.