12.29.2013

THE DON DRAPER OF THE SPACE PROGRAM: ALAN B SHEPARD JR


Alan B Shepard Jr

"SOLVE YOUR LITTLE PROBLEM AND LET'S LIGHT THIS CANDLE"

Alan Shepard was the rock star of the space program..he avoided the press, kept his distance from friends and foes alike..he was handsome, smart, smoked, drank, stayed out late..he was the baddest dude in NASA history.. Shepard was media savvy before anyone knew what "spin" meant. 


Shepard was complicated and so cool. He was a STAR and he knew it...He is my favorite of all the astronauts. He was no boy scout...

He was a very intense guy who just wanted to get the job done and liked to move forward and not look back, and I think that reflection of that intensity of his personality is nicely summed in those few words.


“He wasn’t the most outgoing guy with the press and I felt like there had to be more to his story than what I had read,” Thompson told Universe Today. “There were a lot of aspects to his personality that were complicated and compelling and contradictory.

He was highly competitive, but he was also a softy underneath at times. He was accused over the years of being a bit of a womanizer, and yet he was married to the same woman for 40-plus years and I think they were very devoted to each other. So there were a lot of complex aspects to his personality that were fun to explore.” Read more


On May 5, 1961, Shepard sat in a capsule at the tip of a Redstone rocket and was launched briefly into suborbital flight, making him the first American in space. Massive parades, a meeting with President John F. Kennedy and a newfound national enthusiasm for space travel


Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. was an American naval aviator, test pilot, flag officer, NASA astronaut, and businessman, who in 1961 became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space.



Alan Shepard, first American in space and fifth man on the moon


 

 



 









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