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Aldrin visits Duluth, talks moon mission

LAWRENCEVILLE - Clients of a Duluth-based company had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Wednesday to meet an American icon.

Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin piloted NASA's first manned mission to land on the moon and was the second person to set foot on its surface.

The 78-year-old has been the spokesman for Entaire Global Companies since 2006 and was on hand for a reception at the company's headquarters in Duluth on Wednesday to meet and greet clients.

Entaire Global Companies provides financial and retirement planning to business owners, medical practitioners and legal professionals.

"One of the reasons we selected Dr. Aldrin as a national spokesperson is because he's about innovation," said Entaire CEO Jonathan Rosen, "and we're about innovation."

Those who attended Wednesday's reception were able to hear one of only 12 men who have walked on the moon (only nine of whom are living) describe the historic occasion when he exited the lunar module and radioed back to Earth: "Beautiful, beautiful," Aldrin said. "Magnificent desolation."

Aldrin is working on a memoir titled "Magnificent Desolation: The Long Road Home from the Moon," which is set to be published in 2009 for the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

Entaire Global Companies announced its plans to expand at Wednesday's event. For more information about its services, visit www.entaireglobal.com.