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tfrielin
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posted 02-18-2013 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tfrielin   Click Here to Email tfrielin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just picked up Scott Carpenter's autobiography which I'm looking forward to reading and it got me to thinking about the wives of the original astronauts.

I know Annie Glenn is still alive and that Louise Shepard is deceased. But what about the other five wives?

I'm not aware of any books (except Betty Grissom's own) that deal with their lives and am thinking this is a major untapped primary source from the early days of US manned spaceflight.

So: Is anyone working on such a book?

Or have I missed any wives/widows books from the Mercury Astronaut wives?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-18-2013 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Coming this June, The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel.
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons, donning sherbet-swirled Pucci dresses and lacquering their hair into extravagant rocket styles.

Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage and many magazine features, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde bombshell Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; Betty Grissom worried her husband was having affairs; Louise Shepard just wanted to be left alone; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a dirty secret. With each spectacular launch, they worried they might never see their husbands again. Together they formed the Astronaut Wives Club...

Delta7
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posted 02-18-2013 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know Marge Slayton passed away years ago. I think before Deke.

randy
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posted 02-18-2013 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What about Jo Schirra?

Fra Mauro
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posted 02-19-2013 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think she is still with us.

ColinBurgess
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posted 02-19-2013 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
She is.

tfrielin
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posted 02-20-2013 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tfrielin   Click Here to Email tfrielin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll look forward to Ms. Koppel's book when it comes out this summer — I've put in in my Amazon queue.

My only qualm is the pre-pub blurb for it from Craig Nelson of "Rocket Men" infamy. I just hope he provided no advice or input to this book's content as "Rocket Men" is one train wreck of a book.

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