The Finest Bagels Staff
If there was ever a time that America needed a hero, it was 1962. The Cold War was reaching a tense crescendo, the United States was reeling from the international blunder at the Bay of Pigs, and the Russians had beaten us into space – not once – but twice. It was just as our post-war confidence was beginning to fade that the hero we needed stepped up.
John Glenn stepped boldly into the unknown and became the first American to orbit the earth. He blazed the trail for those who would follow and pushed the limits of what we thought possible. He touched the lives of thousands, even if he was too modest to admit it. He was simply an American Hero. As a new generation of Americans look to the skies and wonder “what’s next,” one thing is certain. Whatever it happens to be, it would not have been possible without him.
Godspeed, John Glenn.