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