Nation: I've Been Thoroughly Checked Out

BLONDE, bronzed, deep-dimpled, green-eyed and shapely. Rene Carpenter, 34, is by anyone's standard a dish. She is also self-possessed and wise. Wearing a navy blue skirt and white middy blouse, and carrying a red scarf in her hand, she stepped before newsmen at Cape Canaveral after her husband's space voyage was over. Said she: "I was dry-eyed the whole day.

I'm not a brooding person by nature." Discipline. Rene (she rhymes, it with keen) met Scott Carpenter in Boulder in 1947, when he was a university student. She was a movie house usherette and...

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