Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 10, 2013

Author says 'Right Stuff' is wrong about Gus Grissom'

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Q: What should he be remembered for?

A: Throughout his career, Grissom never let his misfortunes stand in the way of his stated purpose for accepting such dangerous assignments — patriotism. “If my country has decided that I’m one of the better qualified people for the mission, than I’m glad I can participate,” he told a reporter from Life magazine. Grissom knew the dangers he faced.

Shortly before the tragedy that took his life in the Apollo 1 fire, he told a reporter: “If we die, we want people to accept it, and hope it will not delay the space program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of human life.”

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Scott L. Miley is a writer for the Anderson, Ind., Herald Bulletin.

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