Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's Mercury flight aboard the capsule Friendship 7. It was the first orbital mission for the United States and it marked a very important turning point in America's race with the Russians. Glenn became a national hero and the space program was the focus of practically everybody in America at the time. I was fortunate to get a signed copy of Glenn's memoirs several years ago and it's the pride of my space autograph collection.
There are many sites online that celebrate this historic mission. This site has some wonderful desktop wallpapers that are just gorgeous. One of them is at the top of the post and this one is really neat too.
Of course, every kid at the time wanted to be an astronaut. The closest most of us got was playing with our G.I. Joe Astronaut figure. The capsule was sold separately naturally. I have an original capsule but I ended up getting the newer Mercury Astronaut figure some time back. It's always fun to recreate the historic missions of the Original Seven.
Hopefully there will be historic missions similar in scope to Friendship 7 in the future. I just hope I'm around to see them. For more info about the mission and his encounter with the man himself, check out my buddy Neato Coolville's blog.
I've been going to Colorado off and on for the past 30 years and my favorite thing to do when I'm in the Denver area is visit Red Rocks, perhaps the coolest music venue in the United States. It's a beautiful natural amphitheater up in the hills near Denver. It's been host to many music legends like The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and most famously U2. Their show there in 1983 was captured forever in the Under A Blood Red Sky video. I took a bunch of pictures of this legendary place last year.
I've also picked up a few of the many postcards produced through the years. Most of these date from the 60's I believe.
If you're ever in the Denver area, a trip to Red Rocks should definitely be on your to do list. There's no other place like it.