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I am now in the third week of my annual February birthday fund-raising drive. The first two weeks were good, but not record-setting.

 

There are still two weeks left in this campaign however. If you have been a regular reader and a fan of my work and have not yet donated or subscribed, please consider doing so. I take no ads, I keep the website clean from pop-ups and annoying demands (most of the time). Thus, I depend entirely on my readers to support me. Though this means I am sacrificing some income, it also means that I remain entirely independent from outside pressure. By depending solely on donations and subscriptions from my readers, no one can threaten me with censorship. You don't like what I write, you can simply go elsewhere.

 

You can support me either by giving a one-time contribution or a regular subscription. There are five ways of doing so:

 

1. Zelle: This is the only internet method that charges no fees. All you have to do is use the Zelle link at your internet bank and give my name and email address (zimmerman at nasw dot org). What you donate is what I get.

 

2. Patreon: Go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation.
 

3. A Paypal Donation:

4. A Paypal subscription:


5. Donate by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman and mailed to
 
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652


The third week of my annual February birthday fund-raising drive

The second week in my annual February birthday fund-raising campaign for this website, Behind the Black, is now over. The frist week was good, though hardly record-setting, and as ususually happens, the donations and new subscriptions dropped off during that second week, which means that so far this year’s February campaign is a becoming somewhat average.

No matter. The support from my regular readers continues to be strong, for which I am endlessly grateful. I don’t expect or want them to donate over and over again in the same year. And while my readership continues to grow, that growth has slowed in the past two years. This all suggests that I am beginning to reach certain limits to growth. Unless some major media outlet or famous person decides to plug my work out of the blue, we should expect things to remain stable for awhile.

There are still two weeks left in this campaign however. If you have been a regular reader and a fan of my work and have not yet donated or subscribed, please consider doing so. I take no ads, I keep the website clean from pop-ups and annoying demands (most of the time). Thus, I depend entirely on my readers to support me. Though this means I am sacrificing some income, it also means that I remain entirely independent from outside pressure. By depending solely on donations and subscriptions from my readers, no one can threaten me with censorship. You don’t like what I write, you can simply go elsewhere.

So, please consider donating or subscribing. As outlined on the tip jar elsewhere on this page, there are four ways of doing so, by Zelle, Patreon, Paypal, or by check. Please consider supporting my work.

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Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

 
The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.


The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.
 

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News

22 comments

  • F

    Your website is a great one, and it has become a daily visit for me that is well worth supporting.

    (But I DO feel that you should someday speak out about the stupidity of the “Kelvin Timeline” in Star Trek . . .)

  • F

    Happy Birthday, by the way!!!

  • wayne

    Yes, Happy Birthday to Mr. Z.

    F–
    here we go….

    The USS Enterprise Supercut (Kelvin Timeline)
    https://youtu.be/F2Wr2DLs7sI
    16:23

  • wayne

    Yowza–
    The website is displaying weirdly in my browser. (Everything below the tip-jar, is displaying at the bottom of the page.)
    Is it my machine, or the website?

  • F

    Wayne,

    Thank you. I must say that I found “Star Trek” (2009) to be a decent action movie, but a bit of a clumsy mess, and NOT a good “Star Trek” movie. (I would admit that “good” Star Trek storytelling often means poor box office success.) “Into Darkness” was a poor re-imagining of “Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan”. “Beyond” was beyond awful.

  • wayne: Can you give me a bit more detail? On a desktop, the webpage will display with the posts on the left and a right hand column with a search box at the top followed by the tip jar and then miscellanous standard webpage stuff. On a mobile phone that right hand column should go to the bottom, after the posts.

  • Andi

    I have the same problem, on my Windows 11 laptop running Firefox. There is nothing below the tip jar; it has all moved to below the “leave a reply” boxes

  • Andi and Wayne: The problem should be fixed now.

  • Brewingfrog

    “Andi and Wayne: The problem should be fixed now.”

    You fired the entire Star Trek production team responsible for the last three films? Halleluiah!

    Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  • Brewingfrog: If I had that kind of power over Star Trek, I would have fired everyone in about the second season of Voyager. :)

  • F

    I will be starting a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new combined universe movie.

    Leia, Luke, and Han will travel into the future to 2007, meeting Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, who have traveled into the past, to battle the Great Destroyer J.J. Abrams before he can begin his reign of terror.

  • John

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday dear Mr. Zimmerman
    Happy Birthday to you.

    How old are you now
    How old are you now

    Ohhh, right 71!

  • Peter Arzenshek

    About contributing; I have a monthly contribution through PayPal, however I would like to switch to Zelle. As you have noted, the fees are less so your net is higher.

    Unfortunately Zelle does not accomodate Canadian subscribers. Can you suggest, for ‘us’, a better donation platform than Paypal?

    – longtime follower

  • Peter Arzenshek: First, thank you for your very long support, now continuing for more than a decade. In fact, you are the second longest subscriber to BtB, for which I am endlessly grateful. You were here before practically anyone else.

    As for another alternative payment method, the only other option is Patreon, which takes about the same cut, so I don’t see the point of switching.

    You could also just send me a check once a year, multiplying your monthly donations by 12 to figure out the annual donation. The problem with this of course is that it is not automatic. You’d have to remember each year.

    I wish there was an alternative to Zelle that covers international transfers, but at the moment I don’t know of one.

  • wayne

    Peter– (congrats on being the 2nd longest subscriber!)
    Question on Canada: If you know….
    I live in Michigan (west coast); can I cross over into Windsor from Detroit without having participated in the experimental drug program??
    And do I need an enhanced ID or a passport?
    (This is dating me, last time I went to Canada I just drove across the bridge.)

  • judd

    Zelle is very convenient, i’m surprised more people don’t use it.

  • Sharon Rodgers

    Good evening. I posted a question here a couple of days ago and can’t find it now. I’m new to your web site and need some help in navigating my way around. The question was regarding a discussion you had with John Batchelor about your disappointment when you found out studies peer reviews were falsified (wasn’t the term you used) this really bothered you because you said you deal in facts. I would like to find that conversation to listen and give it my full attention.
    Thank you in advance.

  • Sharon Rodgers: I have no way to pin down that particular Batchelor podcast. I was probably talking about this post from August 2023:

    Retractions of peer-reviewed scientific papers has risen 13,750% in this century

    Or maybe this post from December 2023:

    In 2023 scientists set a new record for the most papers retracted

  • I should add that if you use the archive button in the right column and go to the dates immediately after these posts, you will find the podcasts that discuss them.

  • Allan

    Bob:
    I’m not major or famous but I do plug your work and Behind the Black.
    Thank You.

  • Andi

    Wayne- I don’t know if you got an answer to your Canada question, but to enter you will need one of passport, enhanced ID, global entry card, or nexus card. The ArriveCAN app is now optional, so I don’t think there any more Covid restrictions

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