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Mike Isbell
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posted 06-13-2009 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two time flier James McDivitt celebrated his 80th birthday this past Wednesday. Selected as an astronaut in 1962, Gen. McDivitt was the commander of Gemini 4 in 1965 and Apollo 9 in 1969. He then served as the Apollo Program Manager from 1969 until 1972. Happy birthday General, may you celebrate many more!

machbusterman
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posted 06-13-2009 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday indeed... and I'd say he looks at least 10 years younger!

Henk Boshuijer
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posted 06-13-2009 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday Gen. McDivitt from Holland.

ilbasso
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posted 06-13-2009 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If there was ever any doubt that laughter keeps you young, then look no farther than Gen. McDivitt. He had me in stitches throughout Spacefest, and I had only just met him!

Shalene
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posted 06-13-2009 09:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shalene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the San Diego Air & Space Museum is the home of Apollo 9, I thought this photo was appropriate for this thread!

ilbasso
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posted 06-13-2009 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gee, Shalene, I think I would rather have posed with you in front of Gumdrop than with those old guys who were there in February!

bruce
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posted 06-13-2009 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow - what a nice present for Gen. McDivitt!!

chappy
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posted 06-14-2009 02:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good pic of you with a banner 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' and the picture looks cool...

DChudwin
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posted 06-14-2009 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim McDivitt and Ed White were the first astronauts I ever met in person. After GT-4 they came to Chicago and appeared at an event for Chicago students, at which I and a friend represented our school.

That was in 1965 and I did not meet Gen. McDivitt again until this year at SpaceFest, where I had the privilege of sitting at his dinner table.

He is a straight-shooter with a great sense of humor and a friendly but tough manner.

I don't think he is given enough credit for the key role that he played as Apollo Program Manager during the period which included the Apollo 13 crisis.

He was one of the few Gemini or Apollo astronauts highly regarded enough to sit in the commander's seat on his first flight on GT-4, and he was the second astronaut from the Nine to fly.

A true test pilot, he decided to stay with the first flight of the lunar module when he was given a chance to do the Apollo 8 mission by Deke Slayton.

He was first in his class at the University of Michigan (also my alma mater) where he graduated in 1959 with a B.S. in aeronautical engineering.

Gen. McDivitt is a true patriot who served his country flying 145 combat missions during the Korean War, and later as a USAF test pilot at Edwards AFB.

Among a group of outstanding pilots -- the first 16 astronauts -- he stood out as a highly intelligent, confident, competent leader.

If it sounds like I admire Gen. McDivitt, you're darn right I do.

Happy Birthday, and many returns!

Spacefest
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posted 06-10-2010 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday Jim McDivitt. He's 81 today.

Kite
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posted 06-10-2010 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many happy returns General McDivitt. I so enjoyed your talk and meeting you in Birmingham, UK last month.

AstroAutos
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posted 06-10-2010 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kite:
I so enjoyed your talk and meeting you in Birmingham, UK last month.
As did I - he was just lovely.

Fezman92
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posted 06-10-2010 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday General!

Daniel Lazecky
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posted 06-11-2010 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Lazecky   Click Here to Email Daniel Lazecky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy birthday Gen. McDivitt from Czech Republic.

chappy
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posted 06-12-2010 01:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have a great birthday and enjoy your special day.

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