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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Baby Boomer Fun, Great Moments in Flight?

Thursday is baby boomer fun day here, no real estate. This week's edition, two kinds of flight, so here goes...

October 4, 1957, The headline says it all...

The space age began 50 years ago today when the USSR surprised the world.

The launch of Sputnik is usually portrayed as a blow to America's self image:
As a technical achievement, Sputnik caught the world's attention and the American public off-guard.
The United States would make it into space roughly 4 months later, on January 31, 1958. Sputnik is credited with the boom in engineering education here at home, and also with providing the impetus to create NASA.

On a related note, it was ten years later, in October, 1967, during a protest against the Viet Nam War that another type of flight was attempted:
....trying to exorcize the Pentagon. The brainchild of Abbie Hoffman, the plan was for people to sing and chant until it levitated and turned orange, driving out the evil spirits and ending the war in Viet Nam. The Pentagon didn't move.
Abbie Hoffman, whose sense of theater was large, though its impact was debatable, died April 12, 1989. Officially listed as suicide.

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