Annie and John Glenn were married 73 years and life wasn't easy. Two wars and raising a family when being first to ride a questionable rocket into orbit isn't normal. Yet, John Glenn was a normal man. A good gentle man, that held all that was truly important to him within his spirit. He spent weeknights on base in the Bachelor Officer's Quarters when married. He kept his room as if he was a monk. Photos, training manuals, and a well read Bible. He would drive home on the weekends to be with his family and he was by far all of the other astronauts' astronaut.
When my family moved, I found myself attending one of the High Schools named after him and there I started that school's first Astronomy Club. Our Student Council started a routine in the early 1970s to invite John Glenn every year to speak at a graduation cermony. In the 1990s John Glenn ran into a fellow alumni in Washington, D.C. and knew our school, since several are named after him, as "You are from that high school that keeps inviting me every year after year!" He was then kind enough to explain why it was so difficult for him to attend an occasion for any high school graduation.
For John Glenn, his wife Annie was his hero. As for his legacy? John Glenn did not care to project what that should be, he stated that will be written by others. So this is my contribution: John Glenn was about finding solutions and knowing the definition to words like virtue. He was a "true" hero for all.
God's speed John Glenn.
Bill Lauto, at Going True Green
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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