Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
[i] Carpenter was the second American to orbit the earth. Shame on you if you don’t know who the first was.
[ii] Cooper always insisted that he had seen extraterrestrial crafts (UFOs), the first encounter when he was flying over Germany in 1951. His Book Out of The Blue describes that incident and many other encounters, though he denied seeing any in his time with the Mercury Program. In a stunning bit of irony, Cooper died on October 4, 2004, the same day that SpaceShipOne made its second flight and won the Ansari X-prize.
[iii] In 1957, Glenn appeared on the television show Name That Tune and won $12,500.
[iv] After the successful Gemini 3 flight, Grissom said that he hoped “If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.”
[v] Schirra is the only astronaut to have flown in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. He logged close to 300 hours in space.
[vi] Reflecting on his time with the Space program, Shepard reluctantly said that "I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all."
[vii] Despite having serious heart problems, Slayton received medical clearance and went back into space as the docking module pilot for the Apollo-Soyuz Project in July 1975.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
[i] On February 7 1899, when Martha’s husband William arrived home Martha met him at the door wielding an ax and tried to kill him. His daughter was already dead.
[ii] Albert Fish, whose culinary tastes were widely frowned upon (He was in the habit of kidnapping, cooking and eating children) was executed using Sing Sing’s electric chair on January 16, 1936. He had told his executioner that the execution would be “the supreme thrill of my life.”
[iii] Miss Place’s executioner was Edwin F. Davis, the State of New York’s first state electrician. He apparently enjoyed his work and had been awarded patent number 587,649, for his "Electrocution-Chair", on August 3, 1897. Davis was also William Kemmler’s executioner. Kemmler was toasted on August 6, 1890 and was the first person to be executed with an electric chair.
Monday, April 07, 2008
In 1901, as a guest of President Theodore Roosevelt, Booker was the first black man honored as a guest in the ironically named White House.
In his autobiography Up From Slavery, published in 1901, Washington wrote "I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."