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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta _WcdnMdny, April 26, 197J _ THE IETHBRIOGE HERAID 37 Were, slahlc for Tiivsl years Marriage of astronauts end in divorce SI'ACIC CIOTHE. Houston (AIM Uchiiirt the fume, the courage ami llic llimnpli of nti astronaut's space adventure, ttic fabric of family nnd per- sonal lifo is stretched, ns one spaceman put it. "to an intol- erable level of pressure." And tlial fabric, v. iin in- crcasiny frequency, is apart. With tlic recciu ]n a r i t al breakup o[ the Gordon Coop- ers, six astronauts or former astronauts have been di- vorced, and at lenst one, Edwin K. Aldrin, lias under- gone psyi.-biiUric therapy. Astronaut marriages, to out- ward v, ere sta- ble for the first nine yenrs of the space program. Tin1 (irst announced break came when a.'-lronaut Don Eiselc and his wife of 1C year? separated and divorced in 1963. Kisele re- married shortly allmvard. There followed (lie divorces of Alfred SI. Wordcn, Edgar Milclicll and John W. YounR. Vi'orden was divorced prior to Apollu 15 moon mission and Young, (tie Anollo 1C com- mander, was divorced six months ago. also has remarried. Mitchell was di- vorced a fen1 months alter lie walked the moon on Apollo 14. Cooper ant! .Scott Carpenter were both divorced after leav- ing the space program. Tiic for Ibc ID-year spaco program: Seventy-three astronauts sn- lected; two were bachelors; eight married astronauts died in accidents; of the 113 remain- ing marriages, six have bro- ken up in divorce. But, says one married man In the space program, "they probably" do better (ban most of us would do under similar circumstances." Former astronaut Walter Cunningham says astronauts' wives "put up with an intoler- able level of pressure." The very nature of the as- tronauts' inten- sive training, the danger, the brutal competition for mission assignments and the hot glare of public .scrutiny-crcalps a pressure-cooker existence for the. space frontiersmen AFTER THE VOTE Sen. Frank (D-ldoho) co-sponsored an amend- ment lo cul off all mcney for all U.S. fighting in Indochina on Dec. 31, if Hanoi relurns all American prisoners. a member of the Senate Foreign Rela- lians Committee, introduced the after hearing testimony frcm Secretary of Stale William Rodgers At lefl is committee chairman. Sen. J. W. Fuibright While thev last... Floor Models! Dsmonstralors I Trade-ins I Fully Hsconditioned and Guaranteed. EVERYTHING MUST GO! Hurry in r'or the oasi selection i Singer Zig-Zag llcii's 3 Mark-Dtv.vn you '.vfi 'l Want to Miii! A ro-crtmniionciJ o Excluiivo Fronl Drop-In Bobbin Exclusive One Wfiy Ncedfe Cl.irnp Buili-ln Fashion Discs Pattern Selector tor regular multiple And hlmristuch seei Sewing Steed CcnUrjIlcr Lighiwcirjhi Al-jnufiun Construction AMD Slui'Jy Cartymci (model EASY BUDGET TEHMS AVAILABLE Various makes Straight stitch Reverse stitch ZCigS Automatics PRICED FROM Modef new far tomorrow is at S I NC E R today T t'.r. cl C.Tnp iry ol Lid. SHOPPING M ML-20th Ave. nnrf Magrafh Drive Dally V n in. lo 6 p.m.j Thuriu'ny anJ Friday 9 a.m. (o fl p.m. Telephone 327-23-13' Prior (o 1069, Ihe pressures were just ns intense, hut, said one astronaut, "A yuy was un- willing lo risk his career la gel a divorce." This, said I he astronaut, to protect "the astronaut image of llic clean-cut Ameri- can "You didn't want to have a broken marriage affect lliat image. Husbands and wives both sacrificed a lot lo main- lain that image." Hut after a tew got di- vorces, "others were willing to settle their problems Ihe same way everybody else said the astronaut. STARTS Pressure on the astronaut starts in training when there's a rugged competition to excel. "You terribly hard and try to impress someone says one official of the astro- naut competition. Much of Itie (ruining is done far from (lie Maimed Space- craft Centre, home of the as- tronauts. Wives of the space- men quickly learn they have to get along without their hus- bands. "I don't like him being says Mrs. James B. Irvin of her husband, the Apollo 15 lunar module pilot. I didn't marry to be left alone. Neither docs any hotly.1' For the more as- tronauts, such as David Scoll or John Young, Ihe intensive training lias been almost con- slant since Scott and Young have been on prime or hack-up flight crews since that time with only the brief- est of breaks. On I he aver- age, they arc away from their families three out of every lour weeks ami, as mission time approaches, they arc gone continuously. Mr. Scoll remembers what she called a golden lime" during those years when her husband was home constantly for almost two months. WIVES ON STAGE After monttis of training, the pressure builds up rapidly as the astronaut approaches a mission. At this point, the prime mission crew and Iheir wives slep onto the slagc of public attention. Many of the astronnuls, in- cluding AMrin, called Ihe fame nil ached lo the space business "the worsl part of it all." One space official noled that most of the astronauts are highly technical men with lit- tle experience in Ihe publicity game. "Many of them just weren't cut out to he he said. And the same applies to the wives. For some, tlm fame will lin- ger through a lifetime. Every change of job, or vacation trip, or attendance at a public galhering makes news. Tliis is n facet of the busi- ness lhat bothered Alrtrin, the second man on the moon, "Your life is not Ihe he says wistfully. "You're not as free to do what you would like lo do because others are, watching." Aldrin was superb as a pilot, astronaut and military officer. But it was the de- mands of fame and public ap- pearances lhat sent him into therapy. The strain buill up, he said, until "I virtually ceased to function for brief periods of lime and I couldn't get organ- ized.11 He sought psychiatric help and has since retired from Uic air force. Trustee prefers zoo to school board passed a resolu- lion lo allow a Grade 6 class to attend a piny festival al the Lord Beaverbrook School in I Calgary over the strong ohjcc- j (tons of trustees George Willis i and Aenar Johnson. Mr. Willis said: "If it was for a (rip lo a zoo I'd be (or il." i Art Grant "but you don't want them lo go to a i school." Superintendent Alan Mac- Leod said it would be good for "language nrl.s." He Ihey should consider Hlion to the fact IhaL drama arts were not hcirtR j offered to llic students by the school in iS'antnn. The hoard passed a niolion i lo allow a school bus lo be used to take Hie students lo Calgary from the Nan ton school. L'SKD FOR, I'.U'KJl High-grade hnmhoo pulps can he in the pure stale for i-o.'ilcd or uncoated book and j magazine p.ipcrs. Support your local INDEPENDENT GROCER IHALIK'S 642 13th Street North, lethbridge Phone 328-5742 GET PERSONALIZED SERVICE FREE DELIVERY TOO! FOOD COSTS ARE LOWER AT MAYFAIR FOODS YORK Jyice Orange Crystals 48 01. I1 9bl tins 1 SUNGOID twin pack for WHITE GRANULATED Cream of Mushroom Sou) Kernel Corn LIBBY'S AYLMER 10 01. 12 01. lin YORK CHOICE 19 01. tins TOP VALU Beans with Pork Parity Fbur..................... Whole Chicken Bonus 52.1. 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STORE HOURS: Won., Tues., Wed., Sol. a.m. till p.m. Thursday ond Fridny a.m. tc p.m. MIHALIK' 642 13th Sf. N., Lethbridge Phone 328-5742 FREE CITY DELIVERY! ON LARGE ORDERS Prices Effective April 27, 28, 29 We Reserve The Righl To Limit Quantitiei ;