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Long-Lost NASA Tapes at Schoolhouse Theater

Gary George was an impoverished student in the 1970s, working as an intern at NASA and earning extra money by buying and selling collectibles and memorabilia. At a government surplus auction he came across a pile of magnetic tapes that seemed promising. So he purchased the whole batch (about 1200 tapes) for about $220.

George had no luck selling them, so they ended up in his backyard storage shed in Las Vegas and had not been touched since 1974.

Enter Karen Person. Person is an attorney and investment banker. She is also a professional actress, a writer, and a filmmaker. George showed her the films and, after offering them to an uninterested NASA, she figured out how to put them to use. “I’ll just make a movie,” she said. One of the many problems was finding a machine that could transfer the old technology to current standards. There were “only three machines left in the whole world” that could handle the old tapes.

The end result is an amazing revelation of the day-to-day and hour-to-hour experiences of our early astronauts as they took off into the mysteries of outer space.

“July Moon” will be screened at the Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls on Saturday 7:30 p.m. with Karen Person herself on hand for a discussion period. Light refreshments will follow.

Admission: $10, reservations recommended.

Phone: 914-277-8477 (Schoolhouse) or 845-803-8622 (Putnam Arts Council)

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