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posted 05-19-2012 02:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Astronaut Al Shepard and comedian Bill Dana have some fun at the memorial service for Deke Slayton in the Teague Auditorium at JSC on June 18, 1993. Shepard is wearing his 'interoccular correction device', as he called it. At right is NASA Administrator Dan Goldin and at left is cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.

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posted 05-19-2012 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bill Dana, as Jose' Jimenez. "Please don't say BLAST off!"


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posted 05-19-2012 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM1   Click Here to Email LM1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone remember on what TV show Bill Dana appeared regularly Jose Jimenez?


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posted 05-19-2012 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bill Dana was on "The Steve Allen Show" during the 1959-60 season. Then had his own show, "The Bill Dana Show" from 1963-65. He played Jose Jimenez on both shows.


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posted 05-19-2012 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Cozmosis22:
Bill Dana, as Jose' Jimenez. "Please don't say BLAST off!"
"I have a blast, before I take off. Otherwise I wouldn't get near that thing."


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posted 05-19-2012 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was in the audience for that! Little did we all know that we'd be back there in what seemed like just a few months (albeit 5 years), for Al's memorial...

I don't remember much of the banter, but I do remember part of the talk by Dusty Dowd, one of Deke's air racing friends. Dusty was always bugging Deke to make a preflight checklist for Deke's racer. Being of the "right stuff", Deke never thought he needed one. Then one day, Deke took off in his racer and just a few feet off the ground the engine sputtered, then caught again, and Deke went on with his flight. When Dusty asked Deke about it afterward, Deke said that he had forgotten to turn on the fuel tank shutoff valve (so the engine only had whatever fuel was in the carburetor and lines, e.g - enough to get a few feet off the ground), discovered his problem when the engine sputtered, and flipped the valve open. Dusty ended the story with Deke muttering "I guess I need a $%^&ing checklist.".


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posted 05-19-2012 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember Ed Sullivan asking if the helmet Jose was holding was his 'crash helmet', and Jose said "Oh I hope not!" Also, he was asked what he was going to do during his flight. He answered "Cry a lot."

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posted 05-20-2012 06:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter downunder   Click Here to Email Peter downunder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And from the intro to one of the episodes in FTETTM: "Sir, you seem ill-equipped for this type of endevour." "What do you mean? I have gloves and everything."

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