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“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow. “ – Robert Goddard

Today in history
Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chafee died in a launch pad fire. I remember reading about it in Mailer’s Of a Fire on the Moon and weeping. I was a sucker for real hero stuff when I was a youngster, I blew thru Wolfe’s Right Stuff, We Seven, Michael Collins’ Carrying the Fire etc…- I was young and unjaded. I still thought the world was full of noble stuff like that. Now I know better behind every well spun shining lie is a lot of burned out detritis. One of the most poignant places I have ever stood aside from the Vietnam ‘Wall’ and Ground Zero, is Launch Pad 34 Cape Canaveral. It’s just a burned out hulk of a spot, with a tiny bronze plaque Ad Astra Per Aspera” well worth the trip.

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n much more trivial but more disturbing news – Oprah wasn’t polling well in the heartlands as long as she stuck by Frey’s pound of paper; (not to mention that along with the publisher she might get sued.) so in a not so rare but excrutiatingly public and nasty reversal, she bitch slapped James Frey up one side and down the other. A good time was had by all.

“I’m SHOCKED, Shocked to find that gambling is going on here!”
Slate want’s to know if editor Nan Talese knew Frey was fibbing before she published the book.

Spread of the infection: A white man from Lansing has been posing as a Navajo to write books. News and persecution at eleven. Gets MORE interesting…Ballantine has stopped shipping his books and is accepting returns.

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