— dave hogerty.
Anxiety was especially high, listening to the countdown of NASA’s first manned mission since losing six astronauts in the Challenger disaster.
“Major Malfunction” b/ Keith LeBlanc
INDIAN RIVER LAGOON
From the bank of the Indian River (Intracoastal Waterway)
The Last Stepping Stone
To The Moon
2806 Shepard Drive
May 5, 1961
First American In Space
THE MERCURY PROJECT
The Original 7
1st Ritual … Front Yard to watch the flame
with mom / sister / brother [Cocoa Beach photograph]
Ice house under the water tower “Light my Fire”
Kites in a burning red sky
St. John’s / HWY50
Airboats / Spiders and Snakes / shotguns for Christmas
Malcolm McComas Rattlesnake
Ross Allen from Miami Serpentarium (Disney Star)
Mocassin Lake behind house
Pit Bulls / Boar Hunting / Palmetto
Barnes Blvd UFO Experience
U2 Takeoff (Undercover of the Night) ON Patrick (PAFB)
Watch practice take off landings (A-10s)
Pink Floyd / Turnpike / Red Trooper / Torrential Rain
Cuban Missile Crisis [“Matinee”]
USA vs RUSSIA
JFK vs. K (Nikita Khrushchev)
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores. In a TV address on October 22, 1962, President John Kennedy (1917-63) notified Americans about the presence of the missiles, explained his decision to enact a naval blockade around Cuba and made it clear the U.S. was prepared to use military force if necessary to neutralize this perceived threat to national security. Following this news, many people feared the world was on the brink of nuclear war. However, disaster was avoided when the U.S. agreed to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s (1894-1971) offer to remove the Cuban missiles in exchange for the U.S. promising not to invade Cuba. Kennedy also secretly agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey.
US VS. THEM
February 20, 1962
First Man to Orbit.