Monday, August 07, 2006

John Glenn Mortal After All

American icon John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth; U.S. senator from 1974 to 1998, and world's eldest astronaut in 1998 at age 77, has finally been proven mortal after all.

Glenn, 86, and his wife of 63 years, Annie, were both injured August 4, 2006, in an automobile accident on I-270 near Columbus, Ohio. Glenn was cited by police for failure to yield.

CNN quoted Glenn as saying Annie suffered "bumps and bruises"; Glenn himself suffered a fractured sternum.

We know we speak for millions when we echo the words of Scott Carpenter from 1962: "Godspeed, John Glenn" and Annie too; Get well soon.

Now more than ever, America needs its heroes...

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