Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Today in History

The guy at the top of this blog is an American Hero, if for no other reason than his awesome "hurry up and take the picture, you geek" nonchalant pose. He was James Dean for real. He was what Tom Cruise pretends to be. He was what GWB thought he was when he landed on that aircraft carrier three years ago. NASA test pilot Mike Adams died in the California desert on this day, November 15th, in 1967. His X-15 crashed after reaching 266,000 feet, making him officially an astronaut, if only for a few minutes. (I did not know today was the anniversary of his death until I had already started this post. Cue Twilight Zone music and retitle entry.)

I found his image accidentally a few years ago on a Google search, but having learned his story, I like to use him whenever possible. Here he is at the original Where's My Jetpack and lurking in the garage of RFB. Below he is found standing on the porch of a house on the edge of a canyon, where a giant dog has just ripped up a telephone pole while a Stealth bomber flies overhead in a freak lightning storm...it's a long story.
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4 Comments:

  • I used to wonder why the hell you had Mike Shanahan in a Major Nelson space suit standing in the middle of a desert.

    Now? No more.

    The Right Stuff showed what it was like to be a test pilot, but even better is Chuck Yeager’s great autobiography: Yeager.

    You realize how much these guys sacrificed for the country for next to nothing.

    By Blogger Make the logo bigger, at November 15, 2006 at 2:18 PM  

  • Sorry. I feel the pain being a Bills fan. But, what's with SD and first-round QB picks. They don't seem to know what to do with them, somehow always managing to screw the deal. Leaf. Brees. Rivers. Vick.

    I was thinking there should an NFL rule: If by chance a team gets a shot at the same top pick in the draft that they last had, they can't pick the same position the following year. Seemed like three years in a row, you guys got a shot at the best QBs.

    Not that I'm complaining. We haven't seen a QB since Kelly. (Who was actually slated to go to Miami but since he went to the USFL, we got caught up in some Kosar-Marino-Clevand deal.)

    My head hurts now.

    By Blogger Make the logo bigger, at November 15, 2006 at 2:55 PM  

  • Sorry Bill - my previous comment was deleted. I was saying "death to Shanahan" in not so many words -and not really death, Denver Police - just football losses forever.

    This year I have no comlpaints and the rules should remain as they are so long as the Chargers are winning.

    If the Chargers lose in Denver this weekend, there should be a new rule that visiting teams to Denver get a 14 point handicap for the thin air.

    By Blogger Jetpacks, at November 15, 2006 at 3:01 PM  

  • Lol. I'd worry about the Feds first befor DPD.

    Thin air handicap?

    "MAN LAW!"

    By Blogger Make the logo bigger, at November 15, 2006 at 3:38 PM  

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