Saturday, February 24, 1962

Abilene Reporter News

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1962, Abilene, Texas gfetiew "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS 3- YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 81ST YEAR, NO. 252 ABILENE, TEXAS, SATUKDAY MORNING, 'ENTY-FOUR PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Associated Press 'Moment of Doubt' Reported by Glenn Astronaut Feared Shield Was Lost ALTITUDE DISCUSSED Astronaut John Glenn Jr. explains at his news con- ference at Cape Canaveral the low and high points of his orbital flight. (AP Wire- photo) Kennedy Lauds Glenn's Courage, Presents Medal By HOWARD'BENEDICT CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. <AP) John H. Glenn Jr. re- turned in llriuinphanl homecom- ing to his jumping otf place Fri- day ami received the fullest hom- age of a graiefiil nation from President Kennedy. The President flew to this sprawling spaceport to praise ant! pin a medal on the first American to orbit the earth. In presenting the medal, Kennedy hailed Glenn's unflinching courage and outstanding contribution to (he advancement of human knowl- edge. Kennedy presented an identical Distinguished Service Medal oflhe National Aeronautics and Space the man who has ramrodclcd Project Mercury from iis conception: Di- rector Robert R. Gilruth. Earlier, a cheering throng of perhaps 100.000 persons pnid rc- to Ihc smiling, waving) space conqueror ns he rode in an open convertible along an Ill-mile parade route. Sharing in his glory was his wife, Anna, who was beside him much of the day; his son David, Ifi, and daughter Carolyn, 14. Other memhcrs o[ his fnmily and relatives were here for the joyous occasion. After Ihe day's feslivities, Glenn, his wife and children flew to an undisclosed spot for a week- end of relaxation. Proudly wearing his new med- al, Glenn then went lo a circus tent jammed with newsmen and unfolded the story of his three- times-aronnd-lhc-world flight. In brief, he told the reporters: had a few uneasy mo- menls during a spectacular re-en- try from space when he fenred his capsule heal shield might be burning fears, due to a faulty electronic signal, proved groundless: more than four hours of weightlessness he endured posed no particular problem. It was a pleasant feeling that might even become habit-forming; and couldn'l ask for more than that his space flight might lead lo cooperation between the United States and Soviet Union in the ex- ploration of space. Humbly and modestly, ihe 40- year-old Marine lieutenant colon- el accepted Ihc honors bcslowcd upon him throughout this day of c WELCOME, Pg. 12-A, Cols, 1-3 Uy BEM PKICE CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Abilene fell Thursday nigW. The rainfall amounted to .03 of an inch. Winds were whipping it up Kriday, gutting up lo 30 miles per hour from the west. Average velocity wns about 25 mph. 52 51 sa 51 50 43 SIM o 71 71 72 t1 55 31 and for 21-howrs" fixl-na 9 p.m.: 73 Bitd and low last 7( ml 50. HaroniHfr reading il i II.IH.! Humidity at p.m.: 35 per cent. divisions. NEWS INDEX SECTION A Obiluoiici J Sporli 6-8 Bridgo 11 Oil 1) SECTION B Church news 2 Womcn'l ncwi 3 Edtloriah 4 Amuicmcnli 5 Comics 6, 7 TV Seoul 10 Radio-TV losj ._...... 10 Ftfim ncwi. 11 Area Men In 49lh Abilene area N'nlionai Guards- men in Ihe 3rd Rocket-Howitzer Bn.. 132nd Artillery, of Ihe -10th. Division will be included in (he; new STRAC III Corps to be orga- nized. The men are in nailery A of Big Spring and Colorado City. Hat- (cry B of Rreckenridge, B.itlery C of Cisco, Service Battery of Hang- er and Ballalion Headquarters of San Angelo. The 40th Division Guardsmen were called inlo federal service lasl Oct. 15 and have been station- ed al Fort Polk, l-a. The Pentagon, Friday night, irmdo il plain that (he -iOlh Ar- mored Division would not be moved from t't. Polk, La., (o Ft. lUxxl, Tex. 8flbe Your Rent! ing Pleasure Sunday Fro 111 ior Fair ilif Wnnini'j Sortinr Junior March fund lit previewed on the cover pjge of A ijin'cn of the llexinj; lirr alomfr in nliTf, (he afloal .im] nnr the (natrsl. AP Slaff Writer Vrrh EMI lirr current jhake- donii criiisR in Sumhy'e Fashion News .....uill inrlnile Aliilrne ivonion pirlnrcil in the they 10 (Jic Phillurmunir M.ircli 3 jiln-, >IIH) I he Aliiieno Woman's Sljle Show Uoffce, Norvc-Wrackinp; Job tr.iffir ('li.irlrA SLiffnnl Innkt fnto lltclr norliT, >vhrrr a c.in rojt iluzctis ol in llio SiiiHlny Red Hot liaslfctlwll and Sports Extras