Ann Magnuson '78 shares her moment with an astronaut
Theatre major Ann Magnuson ’78 has enjoyed a varied career as a writer/ actress/ singer/ musician/ performer. One of her performances is particularly apt as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which landed the first man on the moon.
Magnuson had a part on the Emmy-winning 1998 HBO series “From the Earth to the Moon,” about astronauts (played by Mark Harmon and Fredric Lehne). As part of her work, she met Dave Scott, the commanding astronaut who drove the moon buggy during the Apollo 15 mission. She even wrote an original song about the encounter, “I Met an Astronaut.”
Her memories, including polaroid photos and a YouTube video of the song, are shared here.
Magnuson has acted in Hollywood blockbusters, Off-Broadway plays, TV sitcoms and indie films; fronted various bands; made records; written for numerous publications and has presented her original performance art pieces at art institutions worldwide including the Whitney Museum (performing a 5-hour “Tribute to Muzak” in the museum elevator), The Museum of Modern Art, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.