People: Dec. 19, 1969

The candidate's first foray into politics, a bid for the Ohio Senate seat held by Democrat Stephen Young, ended in frustration and dizzy spells when he took a header on a bath mat, injured his inner ear, and had to pull out of the race. That was 1964. This time, the first American to orbit the earth will take no chances. John Glenn, 48, announced that he will seek the post to be vacated by Young's retirement. "It will be the dirtiest campaign ever," he promised. "I won't take a bath."

When the American...

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