The debriefing party at the Hofbraugarten was merciless, beginning with a parody of the mission. The tape prepared by the Apollo 13 backup crew and the CapComs was not for the thin-skinned. The parody began and ended with the "immortal words" Liebergot and I exchanged early in the crisis.

Kranz: "I don't understand that, Sy."

Liebergot: "I think we may have had an instrumentation problem, Flight."

The clips of the voice tapes from the mission and the press conferences were interwoven with a Spike Jones record, gospel music, and various sound effects. No one was spared. As the tape continued, the crews and controllers roared and poured more beer. The tape took a shot at every flight director and crew member, as well as Slayton, Kraft, and even President Nixon. By the time the evening was over the words "I don't understand that, Sy" were forever embedded in memory.

Failure Is Not an Option by Gene Kranz page 338

Does a recording of this tape still exist? And if it does, is it available online anywhere?

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    $\begingroup$ Wow, the Hofbraugarten has been gone since before I started working at JSC. I would love if somebody comes up with the tape. $\endgroup$ Sep 22, 2022 at 18:18
  • $\begingroup$ Hofbräugarten is the correct spelling. $\endgroup$
    – Uwe
    Dec 3, 2022 at 10:51

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This reel-to-reel tape was digitized and then published on archive.org on 2012 Feb 22, by John Stoll, lead audio engineer at Johnson Space Center. NASA has placed it in the public domain. Enjoy!

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    $\begingroup$ Wow! Nice job finding that. $\endgroup$ Jan 20 at 22:19
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    $\begingroup$ I'd seen this question in the queue for ages, but only today thought to look in the Archive. John's put a ton of audio and video (with transcriptions) there over the years, which should be great for other answers. $\endgroup$ Jan 21 at 0:37
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for that link; the Internet Archive continues to be a world treasure. The article is informative but a bit weird "there are no manned space flights planned for the near future" lol but hey, I miss the shuttle too. $\endgroup$ Jan 22 at 21:44
  • $\begingroup$ :-) Thank you, in turn, for the bounty surprise! $\endgroup$ Jan 22 at 21:57

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