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July 18, 2008

Once upon a time...

There were heroes whose heroic activities didn't solely involve sports. There were adventurers, risk takers whose actions spoke out while they remained quiet and stoic.

Pardon us while we set aside our snarky side today.

John Glenn was the first American to strap into a can the size of a import car and get launched into space to do a full orbit of the earth. Then he dropped back to Earth landing in the ocean, where no one was really sure his vehicle would still float.

And it wasn't even televised.

Remarkable still, he's served four terms as the Senator from Ohio and has only been involved in one scandal, from which he was exonerated. He became the oldest man to fly into space when he rode the shuttle at age seventy-seven.

Happy Birthday Colonel Glenn.


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