Remembering John H. Glenn on the 1st anniversary of his final departure from this world and into the next, on December 8, 2016.
I can’t believe it’s already been a year. I remember exactly how I found out- what shirt I was wearing, what time of day it was, what I did immediately after I initially found out. But this year was different. For once I didn’t cry over John Lennon. In fact, I didn’t even cry over John Glenn. But he was present in my life today in a deeper way, a more positive way. December 8th was a bad day. It was bad in 1967, it was bad in 1980, and it was bad in 2016. I like to think we didn’t let him down, but part of me knows we did. The shock has worn off. I understand that it has been an entire year without a Mercury astronaut- the first time in almost a century. I hope Annie and their kids and family are doing well. I don’t know what else to write so I’ll just stop with the most famous line of them all: Godspeed, John Glenn.
P.S.: Herschel, if you’re reading this, thanks for that trig test being a take-home test. It’s nice to know someone up there is watching out for me.
Christmas in Space: Day 8
4-year-old John Glenn playing in the snow outside his home in New Concord, Ohio, 1925. From the John Glenn Archives, OSU.
Remembering U.S. Marine Corps aviator, NASA astronaut, U.S. Senator, the first American to orbit the Earth, the oldest person to fly in space, and hero John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016) on the first anniversary of his passing.
“I’m not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: ‘live-acy.’ I’m more interested in living.”
“To me, there is no greater calling. If I can inspire young people to dedicate themselves to the good of mankind, I’ve accomplished something… People have been looking up at the skies for 10,000 years, wondering and dreaming. I hope we always do.”
“Godspeed, John Glenn.” -Scott Carpenter, February 20, 1962
“Gus? Hey Gus. Can I use the phone? Gus? Hey, Gus? Are you busy? Gus. Gus, over here. Hey, Gus? I really want to use the phone. Is that OK, Gus? Gus?”
5/4/62: “Astronauts Alan Shepard (left) and John Glenn (center) seem to be equally puzzled with Soviet Cosmonaut Gherman Titov as to how photographers want them to pose during a picture taking session at a reception at the Soviet embassy. Other guests included numerous Washington officials, ambassadors and newsmen.”
U.S. Senator George A. Smathers standing with Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Gus Grissom.
Edit: more politicians and model spacecraft.
John Glenn and Family at Cape Canaveral (1962)
Some things were meant to never change
Adventures from jungle survival training, 1963: “Astronauts Edward White, Gordon Cooper, Charles Conrad, and John Glenn look with interest at a chameleon.‘