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John Hershel Glenn Jr. becomes the first American to orbit the earth on this day in history

Junior the Outer Space Music Man 2012/02/21 01:42:00
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I think this was part of the "space race" against the Soviet Union.

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  • Tea in the Harbor 2012/02/21 01:55:56
    I actually saw that on TV
    Tea in the Harbor
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    I've also sat in a Mercury capsule, but the damned museum staff wouldn't let me take off!!LOL!!

    It was a thrill for a 10 year old kid though, I'll never forget it.

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  • ScottyG - Faqueue 2012/02/27 17:51:05
    Thanks for the info
    ScottyG - Faqueue
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    The original rocket man.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/02/21 04:06:49
    I love history
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
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    I did not watch that--I was too young for that--but I still remember hearing about Project Mercury.
  • Matt 2012/02/21 03:03:26
    I love history
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    I remember that day well. I miss the days when America occupied a place of world admiration. Americans could safely travel anywhere, and our money was the preferred currency..
  • abycinnamon BN-1 2012/02/21 02:27:08
    Thanks for the info
    abycinnamon BN-1
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    I think I saw this on TV but I was pretty young.
  • Rebecca 2012/02/21 01:56:48
    I love history
    Rebecca
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    I remember that! The race to space and the moon fascinated kids all over the world then.
  • Tea in ... Rebecca 2012/02/21 02:04:23
    Tea in the Harbor
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    Remember how proud we were to be Americans back then? We were the smartest country on the planet and there was no challenge we weren't up too!

    It's sad we don't take on big ideas anymore, it makes us a smaller people.
  • Rebecca Tea in ... 2012/02/21 02:08:17
    Rebecca
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    Yes! Kids nowadays are so jaded. It's a shame. I think some of it is due to early lost innocence and a lack of parental discipline and consistancy.
  • Tea in ... Rebecca 2012/02/21 02:19:40
    Tea in the Harbor
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    I think it's the world we built for them, we're so much more concerned today with what we have than we are with what we are.

    We, most of us anyway, had full time moms. Someone who loved us to guide us as we grew. Today couples can either have financial success and hire out the child rearing or raise the kids on a single income that doesn't do the job. They have to choose between success and what's good for the kids. I don't envy them that choice.
  • Rebecca Tea in ... 2012/02/21 02:25:01
    Rebecca
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    That's true to some extent, although, my Mom had to work. My parents were divorced (not common back then) which made my Mom a single Mom. We did not feel deprived and she took very good care of us. The difference was that she was committed to taking care of us and we knew it. She wasn't perfect, but we knew ahe loved us. I just wish she didn't have to work so hard most of her life. She NEVER complained. .
  • Tea in ... Rebecca 2012/02/21 02:35:03
    Tea in the Harbor
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    Mine stayed married, "for the kids." Now that I think about it, maybe it wasn't quite as great for everyone as it was for us kids.
  • Rebecca Tea in ... 2012/02/21 03:39:38
    Rebecca
    +3
    Probably not, but it sounds like they did a good job. It was better my parents separated. My Dad was not a very nice guy.
  • Tea in the Harbor 2012/02/21 01:55:56
    I actually saw that on TV
    Tea in the Harbor
    +4
    I've also sat in a Mercury capsule, but the damned museum staff wouldn't let me take off!!LOL!!

    It was a thrill for a 10 year old kid though, I'll never forget it.
  • jimbo999 2012/02/21 01:49:02
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    jimbo999
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    I've been hearing about that for the past 2 or 3 days.

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