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When a Nation Is Elated……(With Alan Shepard, Jr.)

September 14, 2016

After feeling humiliated by the Soviet Union in the early months of rocket research and orbiting the earth America needed a boost to the national ‘can do’ spirit.  They found it with Alan Shepard, Jr. who blasted into space on a Redstone rocket.

The entire nation was glued to broadcasts of the event.

So much so that an Indianapolis judge declared a recess so everyone in the courthouse could watch a television set—-which the police had seized as part of a burglar’s booty.

Just a fun snippet from The Glory And The Dream by William Manchester.

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