Marine, Astronaut, Senator
public domain photograph
Read the Life magazine article from February 2, 1962
Astronauts were the heroic cowboys of our generation. I savored all of the photographs in Life magazine. John Glenn quickly became my favorite of the original seven Mercury astronauts. Maybe it was because many people told my Dad that he looked like Glenn. Maybe that was because of their smiles and lack of hair. I adored his wife, Annie. Our other family connection to the Mercury astronauts was that the USS Intrepid was the recovery ship that picked up Scott Carpenter after his space flight. Dad served on the Intrepid during World War II.
copyright Susan Petersen
Glenn had a brief run for the Presidency in 1984. When the announcement was made, I was in New Orleans on business (I was still flying then). I grabbed a sheet of hotel stationery and wrote him a letter of support. I received a reply and even though it was addressed to me in Lincoln, LOUISIANA, the zip code was correct and I got the letter. His signature was probably an autopen, but even so, it meant something to me at the time.
I still enjoy watching the film, The Right Stuff, from time to time. One of my favorite actors, Ed Harris, did an amazing job with his portrayal of John Glenn.
Oldest Person in Space
public domain photo, NASA
So, on this day, February 20, 2012, I look back with very fond memories of the early years of space exploration and my favorite astronaut of them all, John Glenn.