Buzz Aldrin's rock.

Buzz Aldrin Rock

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Montclair, New Jersey

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin was only the Second Man on the Moon in 1969, but nonetheless eventually became the public face of America's extraterrestrial-strolling astronauts (Neil Armstrong, #1, shunned the spotlight and died in relative obscurity). It's difficult to resist the appeal of a spaceman named Buzz, who liked the nickname so much that he made it his legal name in 1988.

There was buzz around Buzz even back in 1969, only a couple of months after his moonwalk, when his home town celebrated "Buzz Aldrin Day," anointing him "Montclair's Man on the Moon" and bolting a plaque on a rock in front of his childhood home. It's Montclair's moon rock, kind of.

Buzz Aldrin Rock

25 Princeton Place, Montclair, NJ
Garden State Parkway exit 151. Drive west on Watchung Ave. for a couple of miles, turn right onto Mountain Ave., drive three blocks, turn right onto Parkside St., then make the first right on Princeton Place. The rock and house are on the southeast corner of Parkside and Princeton.
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