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posted 04-18-2006 11:36 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi to all,
I don't know if other space fans noticed but John Young always - at least when I saw him - is wearing a turtleneck pullover. He totally covers his neck. It was once in May at a KSC during a Hall of Fame event when the weather was, as you can imagine, rather warm. Last I have seen him on NASA TV wearing another turtleneck when Young himself and Cripp were guests at the JSC STS1 anniversary event. There are many other occasions when he was wearing, you guessed it, a turtleneck. Does anybody know the reason for it. My guess is that he is doing it for health reasons rather than fashion reasons. On his Bday I would surely give him a turtleneck pullover. It would probable make him very happy ;o)
Thanks Andy


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posted 04-19-2006 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I noticed that when he wore a flight suit, he wore a turtleneck under it as a lot of the Navy pilots do.

Maybe he just got used to it after 50 years of flying.


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posted 04-19-2006 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by hammer&feather:
My guess is that he is doing it for health reasons rather than fashion reasons. On his Bday I would surely give him a turtleneck pullover. It would probable make him very happy ;o)
Thanks Andy

No,he wearing turtleneck pullover from late 60s early 70s (Apollo 10,bacrew CDR of Apollo 13,Apollo 16,STS-1).


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posted 04-19-2006 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess he just follows the Steve Jobs shirt fashion. At least he wears different colors unlike Steve Jobs!


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posted 04-19-2006 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like the flight directors and their vests, John Young is one of our leading pioneers in fashion.


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posted 04-19-2006 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Novaspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quote form Young's confidant of 40 years:

"He simply prefers them. Been his 'trademark' for years. Doesn't like open
collar shirts w/o a tie and he can avoid wearing a tie anyway with a
turtleneck. In the summer...the turtlenecks are short sleeve...believe it or
not. Nothing odd...just a preference. Kinda like Slayton in his banlon knit
polo type shirts. Never wore anything else."

Km Poor

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posted 04-20-2006 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WSTFphoto   Click Here to Email WSTFphoto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the privilege of spending some time with Captain Young today. The faded flight suit has been replaced by slacks-and-coat. Iím not used to that, but the turtleneck was reassuring. Still a great, yet humble, man.


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posted 04-20-2006 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We always used to wear them to cover up hickies.



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posted 04-22-2006 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a thought: if someone asks John Young: "Are you wearing a turtleneck today?", does he reply: "You bet your sweet a** I am!" ?


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posted 04-30-2006 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw Young with his turtleneck a few years ago at an outside JSC event for Apollo 11 with Neil Armstrong. It was very hot and humid (even for Houston) and I felt even *more* uncomfortable just gazing at Young in his turtleneck. Neil had on a sensible short-sleeved cotton shirt. Someone took a photo of me shaking Neil's hand. Hard to tell it's me because of my wide-brimmed sun hat.


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posted 06-01-2006 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL- I thought I was the only one affected by this! For the benefit of the youngsters here, I must point out that wearing a turtleneck with a suit or sports jacket was a cool fashion trend from the '60's. I think one of the 'British Invasion' music groups- maybe the Dave Clark Five- sort of started it; and it was popularized by leads in a number of '60's spy TV shows & movies. Think- David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin in The Man From U.N.C.L.E...... James Coburn as Derek Flint.... even- Dean Martin as Matt Helm!
It was COOL- and it offered a revolt against the common tie!

So I think it was at the 2000 HOF Induction that I spotted Capt. Young so dressed and thought 'wow- I forgot about that- I loved that look.' A week later I was due to attend a performance by a local female singer I was nuts about and figured- if Young can do it, so can I- I'll wear a turtleneck with my sport jacket and look SO COOOOL! This led to two major discoveries: The turtlenecks I had left over from the '60's did not fit any more.... and even in the midst of 'winter' you cannot find a turtleneck in a Florida store!, somewhere I still have some 'leisure suits'......


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posted 06-01-2006 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We talked about this at work once or something like it. Once you reach an age time stops for your style and you do not even notice, everyone else does but you don't. I hope I am not getting close to it.

Astro Bill
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posted 06-02-2006 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Young without his turtleneck

John young, Chief of the Astronaut Office, is shown here at the ASTP News Conference on Cape Canaveral on 15 July 1975. Note that he is not wearing his turtleneck as he explains the Apollo-Soyuz spacecraft to a reporter.

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posted 06-02-2006 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm starting to see why he likes those turtlenecks now.

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