posted 01-19-2011 10:40 AM
My history class is doing a year-long project on a significant person in United States history. I chose to do my project on Jack Swigert. It requires a huge amount of research and information. In March, each person will be presenting as the historical figure they chose. Our presentations consist of describing the childhood, milestones, overall life, and importance of the figure we have chosen.
I have done an immense amount of research on Jack Swigert for a few months now. I have scoured the depths of the Internet for information, photos, videos, quotes, trivia, fun facts, etc. I continue to find tiny pieces of information and photos that are no doubt amusing and fascinating, but they will not be sufficient for a fifteen minute, in-depth presentation. Which leads me to my question...
Does anyone happen to have any kind of information on Jack Swigert? This can be photos, videos, quotes, little facts, his childhood, his personality, personal stories, anything at all. I have read the book Apollo 13 (or Lost Moon) by Jim Lovell and it provided me with some pretty good facts. I need more though, especially personal stories. I have skimmed over a few topics on this site and I noticed that some people have anecdotes or stories pertaining to Swigert.
Also, anyone know Swigert's actual cause of death? Apollo 13 (the book) says it was an aggressive form of lymphoma (supported by the fact that doctors found a polyp in Swigert's nose, according to his former roommate). NASA and ninety-nine percent of other sources say it was bone cancer. Time Magazine says it was bone marrow cancer. It's all confusing, so some clarification would be helpful.
Thank you in advance! Any information at all is greatly appreciated! I'm excited about this project; I find the man fascinating.