Friday July 19, 2019 06:31 PM Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong utters, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Written by Ron Devlin President John F. Kennedy stood before a crowd of 40,000 at Rice University stadium on Sept. 12, 1962, when he called for "a bold, daring and unflinching" effort to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade."We cannot shrink from it now," JFK said in what has become known as his "We chose to go to the moon" speech, "The United States must become the world's leading space-faring nation."Near the end of his two-day survey of space facilities in Texas, JFK insisted, "We are pledged to make it a reality."To a nation whose main exposure to space travel had been Flash Gordon movies, the president's mandate must have had the aura of science fiction. Indeed, Sen. Barry Goldwater said it was "just nuts" to spend $40 billion to put a man on the moon.Though he would not live to see it, JFK's monumental prediction would come to fruition on … [Read more...] about Men on the moon a ‘most significant feat’ 50 years ago today
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What a difference five years makes.On May 9, 2014, exactly five years ago today, the Bears were coming off an 8-8 debut campaign under rookie head coach Marc Trestman. Then-GM Phil Emery had recently completed his final free-agent shopping spree in Chicago, importing pass rushers Lamarr Houston, Willie Young and Jared Allen, DT Jeremiah Ratliff and S Ryan Mundy, among others, to arguably the NFL's worst defense.The previous night, the Bears spent the 14th overall pick on the quiet but confident West Virginia CB Kyle Fuller. The selection drew the ire of some fans longing for Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Louisville's Calvin Pryor to replace Chris Conte, whose blown coverage on the Aaron Rodgers-Randall Cobb game-winner in the NFC North title game a few months was burned into their brains.As he met the Chicago media, Fuller discussed his versatility — inverted safety!? — and strong bloodlines — wait, how many brothers also play in the NFL!? — to name just a … [Read more...] about Five years ago today, Bears introduced top pick Kyle Fuller
On Jan. 15, 1978, Ted Bundy slipped through an unlocked side door of Florida State University’s Chi Omega house in the middle of the night and started attacking sleeping women. He killed two of the sorority sisters: Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy. Both were from St. Petersburg. He also attacked two other women in the house — Karen Chandler, a 21-year-old Tallahassee woman who had lived in St. Petersburg until 1972, and Kathy Kliner, 21, of Miami. A fifth victim, ballet dancer Cheryl Ann Thomas, was attacked six blocks away, several hours after the first series of attacks . Three weeks later, Kimberly Leach vanished. The 12-year-old Lake City girl’s body was found in April 1978 — 32 miles away. Thirty years ago today — Jan. 24, 1989 — Bundy was executed for those crimes. He is one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history and bragged of having killed dozens of people. This year, a movie about Bundy starring Zac Efron as the killer is on … [Read more...] about Ted Bundy was executed 30 years ago today. Three of his victims were from St. Petersburg.
My father has lived one of those “Forrest Gump” type of lives – often finding himself at the right place at the right time. Such was the case 55 years ago this week. It was the third week of November 1963, and during the course of a four-day period, he would unknowingly play a small, but important role in the preservation of our national history. When I was growing up, I heard whispers of my father’s time at the White House, but was never really able to grasp the significance of the front row seat he had to one of the most pivotal times in our nation’s history. As I got older, I was able to piece together more specifics and finally 20 or so years ago, I convinced him to sit down for an actual interview for a series of articles I wrote in his local newspaper about his time in Washington. By November 1963, he had already been stationed at the White House for about five years. In all, he was there for about a decade from 1958 to 1967 … [Read more...] about ‘The End of Camalot:’ 55 years ago today, a nation turned its eyes on Dallas
By Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau COLUMBUS — Twenty years ago today, Ohioan John Glenn returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery on a nine-day mission that marked another chapter in his storybook life.On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn vaulted to instant international fame when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Thirty-six years later, at age 77, he joined the Discovery team as a payload specialist and became the oldest person ever in space. The mission took off on Oct. 29, 1998. Former Astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn (D-OH) stands in front of the Space Shuttle Discovery during an event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (News | WFXT) Wobbly-legged, Glenn returned at Kennedy Space Center after 134 loops around the earth and 3.6 million miles. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 Ohio's Haunted Hoochie hosts Swastika Saturday event 2 … [Read more...] about 20 years ago today: John Glenn blasted into space aboard the Discovery