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Gordon Reade
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posted 01-14-2003 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gordon Reade   Click Here to Email Gordon Reade     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A lot has been posted about the fight over Grissom's space suit and now I hear the story even made it into the Economist.

It got me thinking that what we really need is for someone to write a really good biography on Gus.

You must agree that Gus didn't look too good in Tom Wolf's book THE RIGHT STUFF. Ever wonder where Wolf got such a negative impression of Gus? Just check out the biliography. He lists STARFALL by Betty Grissom as a refrence sorce. If you ever read STARFALL you'll know what I'm talking about.

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posted 01-14-2003 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never read it (I haven't been able to get a copy) but how is "Gemini" by Gus himself? I would also say that the other six Mercury astronauts did a good job of defending Gus' actions in their respective memoirs.

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posted 01-14-2003 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gordon Reade   Click Here to Email Gordon Reade     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read GEMINI and it was a very good book. However it wasn't really about Gus it was about space flight.

Also, I sort of had the feeling that Gus might not have written it. I know that's a terrable thing to say but I just don't see how an active astronute, prepairing for the first manned Gemini flight, would have the time to write a book on top of everything else.

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posted 01-14-2003 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott Carpenter's new autobiography reveals that he kept fairly detailed journals while training for Mercury-Atlas 7. I think if Carpenter could do this, so could Grissom -- but you raise an interesting idea of a ghost writer (who would almost definitely need to be a reporter with LIFE magazine).

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posted 01-15-2003 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The impression I got from STARFALL was more about Betty Grissom than of Gus. She speculated on events where she wasn't present.
The one description I remembered was the phone call between Betty and Gus right after he lost Liberty Bell 7. She tried to joke with him about getting a little wet at work and Gus didn't want to talk about it! Rather he wanted her to get him some clean shirts.

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posted 01-15-2003 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gordon Reade   Click Here to Email Gordon Reade     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The thing I remember most about STARFALL was when Betty said how mad Gus was at his Apollo 1 crewmates. Ed and Roger were so busy playing and wheeling and dealing that they had no time left over to train for the mission!

The way Betty wrote it it's clear she expected the reader to react with something like, "Oh poor Gus! He had to fly with Bozos!"

My reaction was more along the line of, "Harrison Storms and the guys at North American had about 200,000 guys to keep in line. Gus was resonsible for only two (his crewmates) and even that was more then he could handle!"

If Gus couldn't command respect from an American hero like Ed White or a rookie like Roger what would have happened if he had someone like Buzz on his crew?

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