John Glenn passed away Thursday at the age of 95. What an American Hero!
Bought this ornament for Offspring1 in 1997, the 35th anniversary of John Glenn’s 1962 orbit around the earth. I got the ornament because the space program was so fascinating in the 1960’s (when I grew up), and I wanted Offspring1 to know about the original astronauts. The next year, 1998, John Glenn actually went back into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-95) – a new generation got hooked by the hero in space.
The ornament is the first to get hung on the tree, in prime, reachable territory, and the last ornament to come off the tree. The recording of his words, “Roger. Zero G, and I feel fine. The capsule is turning around. Oh, the view is tremendous.”, plays at the touch of a button on the ornament (or a flick of the wall switch controlling the tree lights).
Godspeed, John Glenn. You were truly made of “The Right Stuff”.