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He was not going to marry a blond girl named Eleanor Haggarty; she might as well wait for John Glenn to invite her to picnic on the moon.
Moses leading the israelites out of Egypt, Philippides running the first marathon, John Glenn blasting off to orbit the earth—none of those people could have felt as anguished, as traumatized, as terrified as I did, just taking those twenty or so steps.
Armstrong knew John Glenn and Al Shepard only from the occasional flight-test event, though he also recalls meeting both of them back in the summer of 1954 when he was working between semesters at Purdue on catapult design at Patuxent River.
While I might have had a little of the Right Stuff, there were legions of others who had it in abundance, pilots who would make the likes of Alan Shepard and John Glenn look like candy-asses.
Occasionally John Glenn or Wally Schirra drifted in and out of the room.