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ilbasso
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posted 11-18-2008 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Shepard would've been 85 today (Nov. 18, 2008).

KSCartist
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posted 11-18-2008 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and to think Guenter gave him a cane in 1971 because he was the oldest astronaut (at that time) to fly.

Best wishes to the Icy Commander's family.

blue_eyes
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posted 11-18-2008 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh gosh, I'm gonna cry. How could I forget it was today?!!

I sat on his lap for an entire afternoon (I was four years old), and drew him a crayon drawing while he told me all about what it was like to go up into space! I don't know what was more enchanting to me — those blue eyes and giant teeth just inches from my face, or the fact that he was just SO believable, SO convincing in making me believe that I could really do anything I wanted to.

Well, here's to you, Mr. Shepard — HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You helped make a little girl dream really big in life. And I wish you were still here, so that you could have gotten a (hopefully) new-and-improved crayon drawing in the mail as a birthday present.

dss65
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posted 11-18-2008 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for giving us this prompting to remember a true hero and a real character today. He inspired an awful lot of us. The memories have certainly brought a smile to my face. A big ol' toothy Al Shepard smile, as a matter of fact.

ilbasso
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posted 11-18-2008 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KSCartist:
...and to think Guenter gave him a cane in 1971 because he was the oldest astronaut (at that time) to fly.
Here's the picture from the White Room - Shepard has given Guenter a helmet labeled "Col. Guenter Klink" (including a swastika!). Guenter is giving Shep a cane labeled "Lunar Explorer Support Equipment."

dss65
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posted 11-19-2008 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A great photo. In fact, it's the one I got Guenter to sign.

Proof, I think, that people from a different era had a little bit thicker skin than some today...

Jay Chladek
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posted 11-21-2008 06:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, people did have thicker skin back then but Guenter still got some flak over it from NASA higher ups. He talks about it in his book how he got some phone calls after that and basically told them that he had no idea Al was going to do that (Want to talk to the guy who did it? Well he is halfway to the moon right now).

So Al apparently didn't necessarily do it entirely for the funny bit on the pad (although that was part of it), but rather so Guenter could squirm later on as he dealt with the fallout from it.

That was part of Al's charm though.

MoonCrater1
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posted 11-23-2008 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MoonCrater1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Alan Shepard is shown here on the USS Lake Champlain on 5 May 1961 following his mission aboard Freedom 7. He will always be a true hero who should be emulated in his life and his work.

blue_eyes
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posted 11-18-2015 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Remembering, again, this great man on his birthday....

Whenever I think of other heroes in my life who have passed on, to me they seem like starlight. But Alan Shepard? He's more a glaring grinning blazing beam of sunlight, still illuminating a path for me in my life that says "... Anne, you can DO it!!"

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shepard--you are deeply missed. Definitely lighting a candle for you today.

Ronpur
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posted 11-18-2015 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday, Al!!

Jonnyed
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posted 11-19-2015 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jonnyed   Click Here to Email Jonnyed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Admiral Shepard certainly made his mark on history.

It's a shame he missed beating Gagarin and the Soviets by only a few weeks back in 1961.

Would have been fun to say he was the first one in space -- nevertheless it doesn't diminish his accomplishments in the slightest. His was a life fully lived!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-19-2015 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If Shepard had been the first human in space, there's a possibility he would have never gotten to walk on the moon, as the space race may have ended long before either the Soviet Union or United States reached the lunar surface.

It is, of course, all a "what if," but it was because NASA was still trailing the Russians in 1961 that led Kennedy to seek a goal (the moon) that would put the United States ahead...

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