1960-1973 Revolution: Witness: Hugh Sidey

John Glenn was floating back down to Earth after becoming the first astronaut to orbit the planet. Along with the other White House correspondents, I was waiting for the President's statement when I was suddenly summoned to the Oval Office. I was jubilant, believing Kennedy was going to reward me because of TIME's interest in space with an exclusive view of him talking by phone to Glenn.

But as the door of the office swung open, I saw Kennedy behind his desk with a dark face reading TIME. "Where'd you get this story about me posing for the cover of Gentlemen's...

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