A FRANK AND HONEST INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT AND BETTY GRISSOM
Mark Estabrook conducted this two-part 87-minute interview with Betty and Scott Grissom in August of 1999. Since the death of Gus Grissom in 1967, the Apollo 1 spacecraft has largely remained forgotten -- until now.
The Grissoms speak out in this candid look at the astronaut's youth, flying career, NASA days and his untimely death.
Scott Grissom, a retired FedEx captain, obtained access to Apollo 1 under the Freedom of Information Act. Hoping to determine whether the spacecraft could be salvaged for dignified public display, he accidentally discovered a mysterious fabricated metal plate as part of a critical switch assembly.
Scott got more than he bargained for when he found himself learning the very systems his father studied over 30 years earlier. Scott now believes NASA knew his father died from an act of sabotage and deliberately covered it up in its race for the moon.