In the 1950s, Walt Disney wanted to build Disneyland. His brother and business partner Roy, wasn’t into the idea. From what I gather, Disney approached ABC for money. In exchange for funding for Disneyland, Walt Disney created a weekly show to air on ABC. He called it Disneyland.
I came across this one called Mars and Beyond. It was super cool. I actually scheduled it to be posted. But I did some digging and found out it was actually the 3rd episode of a three part series!
Presented here is the first episode in 1955, “Man in Space.” I started watching this, and I first thought, you couldn’t make this today. And then it got better. All of a sudden, they bring out Willy Ley, a german rocket scientist. I’m thinking ok, 1955, and I’m listening to an older German rocket scientist. This dude must’ve been paperclipped. Turns out he wasn’t! At least, as far as I can tell. Looks like he moved to England earlier and then the US.
The next scientist they bring on screen is Dr. Heinz Haber. He’s a physicist, but his expertise for this show is Space Medicine. Space Medicine was a term coined by another Paperclip scientist Hubertus Strughold. Dr. Heinz Haber served in the Luftwaffe and later at Dachau. It’s rumored that Dr. Heinz Haber was the inspiration for the Disney character, Ludwig von Drake.
Then for the finale, they ask Dr. Wernher Von Braun to show us how rockets really work. You can’t make this stuff up! At the time, he probably was one of the most knowledgable people on the subject. But you don’t think of “learning” with Nazis on Disney. I can’t help but think this is a slightly propagandist, as they seriously push nuclear energy throughout the series.
I think this video is totally worth a watch. It's slightly less than an hour. And it is pretty informative. It really gives you a simple break down of how rockets work. I think most people probably don't know. Good luck not getting a Tai Lopez ad.