Heroes: Colonel Wonderful

Every so often a nation produces a genuine hero, raised above the multitude by acts of valor or virtue in times of war, crisis or national frustration. He may come from any walk of life, so long as he fills the nation's need to elevate its vision and swell its pride. From Washington to Sergeant York, from Lindbergh to MacArthur, the U.S. has had its share of heroes. But few have encountered the universal approval and adulation that last week engulfed Astronaut John Glenn.

In the course of his hectic homecoming, Glenn rubbed shoulders...

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