Isaac Asimov, talks about Hoagland in his essay about the cruise to observe
the launch of Apollo 17.
Hoagland talked Asimov into going because, Asimov said (probably with
tongue somewhat in cheek), "How would it look for the greatest science
fiction writer to not have seen an Apollo launch."
When Asimov questioned that, Hoagland said he had signed and notarized
statements to that effect. Once on the ship, Asimov found that Hoagland had
told several other writers that he had signed and notarized statements that
the other writers were the greatest science fiction writers.
Asimov also mention that as the time for the ship to leave approach, and
the launch had yet to take place because of a hold, Hoagland convinced the
captain of the ship to stay longer, because he had signed and notarized
statements to the effect that he was the greatest captain in the world.
I took the "signed and notarized statements" thing as Hoagland, even back
in 1972, had the ability to con people.- The essay was titled "The Cruise
Their first contact was by phone and Asimov said "He [Hoagland] was anxious
to see me and had all sorts of plans and projects in mind. He had an eager
spirit that was very contagious." Which may indicate, even then(1965) was
able to get people excited about things. Asimov goes on "When we finally
made personal contact I was taken aback to find him a thin, narrow-chinned
youngster of 19; extraordinarily bright though and filled with enthusiasm
Somehow he persuaded me to do a television show in Springfield and I drove
out there on May 6.... Hoagland also talked a good deal about Mariner 4,
which was on its way to Mars, to take photographs as it flashed by.
I avoided becoming overcommitted at that time, for I sensed even then
that Hoagland, like many utterly enthusiastic people, might have a reach
that slightly exceeded his grasp." - These quotes are from pp 364-365 of In
Joy Still Felt. First Edition, 1980. - Issac Asimov autobiography