Cinema: From Hero To Candidate

Glenn gets a rousing political send-off on the big screen

Halfway into the film, one still is not quite sure what to make of this guy Glenn. He has the right stuff, but he also possesses a moralizing streak as wide as the runway at Edwards Air Force Base. At a press conference introducing all seven Mercury astronauts, Glenn comes across as a showboater spouting platitudes about God and Country and Family and the Wright Brothers.

But then flash ahead a few scenes. It is the day of a launch, and Glenn is on the...

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