William Charles (Bill) Kaysing (July 31, 1922 – April 21, 2005) is often referred to as the father of the Apollo moon hoax theory. He is best-known for his book "We Never Went to the Moon: America's Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle" (Health Research, June 1976). He also wrote a number of other books and articles.
Bill Kaysing received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern California in 1949. He was employed as head of technical publications at Rocketdyne, an aerospace contractor, from 1957 until 1963.
Bill Kaysing's moon hoax argument contended that NASA never had the ability to send a manned mission to the moon and the entire program was faked. He presented much of the evidence which became central to the growing conspiracy theory, for example, missing stars and other anomalies in the Apollo photos.
Not surprisingly, Bill Kaysing had a rough relationship with many people in the aerospace industry. In 1997 he attempted to sue astronaut Jim Lovell for slander, after Lovell called Kaysing's theory "whacky". Kaysing lost the case.
The moon hoax theory has since been disproven and all the alleged anomalies explained. Although some dedicated fans still support Bill Kaysings claim's, and many people still doubt NASA's honesty in regard to the Apollo missions, the hoax theory does not enjoy the same level of popular support as it once did.