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The Right Stuff

Seeing the anniversary note of the Mercury Seven this morning, brought to mind Tom Wolfe's great book The Right Stuff.  I thought Kaufman did a great job with the movie as well, as it really captured the spirit of that era. I really liked the way Wolfe and Kaufman weaved Chuck Yeager into the action.  Sam Shepard was super as Yeager.  I was a small boy in the 60s so my memories are more of the Apollo mission and in particular Neil Armstrong's "small step."  I couldn't get enough of chocolate "space sticks" and orange "Tang."


  1. 50 years ago today (4/12/61): first human space flight when Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth. As a child, I couldn't understand how it was that the first US space flight (Alan Shepard) went up but didn't go into orbit.

  2. Weren't so confident, I guess, but John Glenn soon remedied that.


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