Post by John Ashby Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
No need (-:. [The TB pilots were named after astronauts; I can't
remember Virgil who.]
Grissom, amusingly, given your current .sig.
Indeed. They chose the names of five of the original seven Mercury
astronauts. I always thought that Deke Slayton and Wally Schirra got
a bit of a raw deal there.
(Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff is a terrific book about them, btw. The
film was good, but the book is outstanding, IMO.)
 In the film Apollo 13, Deke Slayton is called in to try to find a
way of re-configuring the capsule's electrical functions to be able to
cope with the drastically reduced available power. He keeps trying
things and it keeps not working. One of my favourite lines in the film
is when someone tries to harass him into giving an answer and he shouts
in exasperation, "I'm not making this up!" thus routing the
postmodernist nonsense that anyone's reality is equally valid.
Sid (Make sure Matron is away when you reply)