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John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby lemur » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:31 am

I have to say that JOHN GLENN is the greatest american hero to ever live!!!!

He served in TWO Wars (ww2 and korean) with a total of 24 years of service in the military (naval air corp and marines)

he had the rank of colonel

he was a fricken FIGHTER PILOT with 149 combat missions (omg how much balls did he have)

he was a US senator for 24 years!

got the distinguished flying cross 5 times over!

was honored with TWO ticker tape parades in NYC!! ((2) two!)

did this without having graduated college..

OH YEAH.. and he was the FIRST AMERICAN TO ORBIT THE FUCKIN EARTH!!! (MOST people freak out and want to puke their brains out just wearing a pressure suit and he flew up into space and orbited the earth wearing one)

and then theres the minor stuff like

going back up into space at 77 ..oldest person in space (with his gigantic balls of steel)

being with robert kennedy when he was assassinated

at least 5 schools named after him.. highways named after him

congressional gold medal (highest honor for a citizen besides one given by president himself)

married for 69 years!!!

has been alive 90+ years!!!



oh yeah AND HE WAS THE FIRST AMERICAN TO HAVE ORBITED THE FRICKEN EARTH






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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby MisaBlue » Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:38 am

WOW!!!

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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby moonrise » Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:14 am

Yea, and he's well liked and quite a trip. :P

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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby tamarakay » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:23 am

I met him once. Really really nice "down to earth" kinda guy. You wouldn't know he is who he is.
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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby ygmir » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:52 am

I sure like him better than yeager, chuck........whom I've met and is an ass-hat. IMHO.

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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby Bob » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:27 am

I'd have to go with James Stewart. Had 400+ hours of flying time before Pearl, funded training fields that produced 10,000 WWII pilots, instructed at Army Air Force fields in everything from single-engine planes to bombers, flew dozens of missions over Europe and bombed the shit out of the Nazis, presided over a court-martial, rose to brigadier general in the reserve after the war, and helped get Southwest Airways off the ground. First job was as a hod carrier, got a degree in architecture at Princeton, and had a fifty year marriage. Oh, and not a bad acting career over six decades.

My other hero would be Madonna, who's had a wonderful life based on not much.
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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby ygmir » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:12 am

Bob wrote:I'd have to go with James Stewart. Had 400+ hours of flying time before Pearl, funded training fields that produced 10,000 WWII pilots, instructed at Army Air Force fields in everything from single-engine planes to bombers, flew dozens of missions over Europe and bombed the shit out of the Nazis, presided over a court-martial, rose to brigadier general in the reserve after the war, and helped get Southwest Airways off the ground. First job was as a hod carrier, got a degree in architecture at Princeton, and had a fifty year marriage. Oh, and not a bad acting career over six decades.

My other hero would be Madonna, who's had a wonderful life based on not much.


who'd a thunk a chesterfield, would have such depth?
Bob, are you overstuffed? Such a soft spot there.

good call, though. Stewart was certainly "one of a kind"
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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby tamarakay » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:52 am

Bob wrote:I'd have to go with James Stewart. Had 400+ hours of flying time before Pearl, funded training fields that produced 10,000 WWII pilots, instructed at Army Air Force fields in everything from single-engine planes to bombers, flew dozens of missions over Europe and bombed the shit out of the Nazis, presided over a court-martial, rose to brigadier general in the reserve after the war, and helped get Southwest Airways off the ground. First job was as a hod carrier, got a degree in architecture at Princeton, and had a fifty year marriage. Oh, and not a bad acting career over six decades.

My other hero would be Madonna, who's had a wonderful life based on not much.


I had no idea about all that. I will have to go do some reading.
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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby Bob » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:07 am

Odd political history, got suckered by Nixon and Reagan, but never exploited or inflated his war experience, unlike some. Other actors probably made more difficult political choices, but none of them bombed the shit out of the Nazis like he did.

Costarred with everyone from Jean Harlow to Lee Remick. Rowr.

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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby Elorrum » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:23 pm

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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby ygmir » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:58 pm

Elorrum wrote:I was on the fence, but you got me with the soup.


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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby Elorrum » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:07 pm

ygmir wrote:
Elorrum wrote:I was on the fence, but you got me with the soup.


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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby ygmir » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:19 pm

Elorrum wrote:
ygmir wrote:
Elorrum wrote:I was on the fence, but you got me with the soup.


were you ever in, or escaping from, Soviet Russia?

ha ha ... Miss September soviet workman magazine:
turn offs: imperialist western capitalist propaganda
turn ons: soup


your programming is still active............goot, wery, wery, goot.
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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby forty_eight » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:05 pm

Sometimes the chore of fact checker of the interwebs is daunting, but you can't stand in the way of your destiny!

Not unlike the real GREATEST AMERICAN (FUCKING) HERO!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Q3orQhEcA

I don't recall stories about John Glenn getting a special destiny from aliens. I mean, maybe it happened but I ... never ... read ... about it. Hmmmmmm

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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:27 pm

That's because it was a secret special destiny from aliens...

Whoops, I guess it's not a secret anymore.
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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby ygmir » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:32 pm

*rescinding Fishy's game show invitation*

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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby lemur » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:12 am

BUMP FOR 50 years since john glenn kicked the ass of spaceflight

GOD SPEED JOHN GLENN!

Fifty years ago, a fiery blast of rocket fuel catapulted the first American into orbit. John Glenn soared to a peak altitude of 162 miles in the Friendship 7 capsule, lifting the spirits of a populace longing for victory.

Glenn's 1962 flight lasted less than five hours and circled the Earth a mere three times. But it continues to resonate among a generation whose future was transformed by the possibilities of space.


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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby cowboyangel » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:25 pm

Agree. John Glenn is a great American hero. So is Phil Arnot....one of the few surviving B-17 pilots who flew over 20 bombing missions over Germany and still hikes around Marin County and the Sierras.
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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby TomServo » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:36 pm

As far as Space exploration goes...I think that title goes to Alan Shepard.
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or...if you want to get technical....a fruit fly was the "first American" in space. Launched aboard a V-2 rocket, by the U.S.
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Re: John Glenn: greatest american hero

Postby ZaphodBurner » Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:25 am

lemur wrote:BUMP FOR 50 years since john glenn kicked the ass of spaceflight


Hell yes!

Bob Hoover is the best aviator who ever lived (according to guys like Yeager and Mitchell), and, like Senator Glenn, very humble about it.

'Course, they both would think we're all a bunch of useless sinners and hippies.
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