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Former Astronaut John Glenn, Wife Recover From Car Accident
Space.com ^ | 7 August 2006 | AP

Posted on 08/07/2006 1:05:29 PM PDT by cabojoe

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Former senator and astronaut John Glenn and his wife, Annie, were discharged Sunday from a hospital where they had been recovering from what he called a “very serious'' car accident.

“I do not recommend you go test your air bags the way we did the other night,” Glenn said.

Neither Glenn nor his wife was seriously injured, said Dr. Paul Beery. Beery said the former senator suffered a minor fracture in his sternum. Glenn was struck in the chest by his car’s air bag as it deployed during the accident, according to past reports.

“As far as this being minor, it's not minor to me because it hurts,” said the 85-year-old Glenn.

Annie Glenn, 86, is recovering from what her husband called “bumps and bruises.”

The couple was returning home late Friday from a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland at a suburban Columbus country club when John Glenn tried to make a left turn onto a highway ramp, said his former press secretary Dale Butland.

An oncoming car hit the front end of Glenn's car. The driver, Amy Myers of suburban New Albany, was not injured. Police cited Glenn for failure to yield, Butland said.

“He saw a lot of cars in the distance, but did not see this car that was right up on him,” Butland said earlier. “They are very, very grateful that nobody was hurt more seriously, including the other party involved in the accident.”

Myers told The Columbus Dispatch that Glenn was “very sincerely sorry.”

Glenn, who served in the Senate from 1974 to 1998, first made headlines in 1962, when he piloted the first manned orbital mission of the United States. He went back into space in 1998, at the age of 77.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corrupt; disgraced; failuretoyield; formerastronaut; johnglenn; keating5; keatingfive; ohio; space

1 posted on 08/07/2006 1:05:30 PM PDT by cabojoe
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To: cabojoe

Wow, his space flight was 8 years ago already?


2 posted on 08/07/2006 1:07:49 PM PDT by AbeKrieger (Liberals are the Mongol herds destroying America from within.)
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To: cabojoe

</Insert usual argument concerning Seasoned Citizens driving here>


3 posted on 08/07/2006 1:08:59 PM PDT by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: AbeKrieger

I surprised that the ones that think he should have his license taken away haven't shown up yet!


4 posted on 08/07/2006 1:09:07 PM PDT by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: cabojoe
Glad no one was seriously hurt.

“As far as this being minor, it's not minor to me because it hurts,” said the 85-year-old Glenn. That sounds exactly like my 72-year-old father.
5 posted on 08/07/2006 1:09:13 PM PDT by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: cabojoe

My god, was he drunk???


6 posted on 08/07/2006 1:09:28 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (I gigged your peace frog.)
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To: AbeKrieger

Remember the joke?... You could tell which orbiting point of light he was on because his turn signal was on?


7 posted on 08/07/2006 1:10:21 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: cabojoe

Too bad that now, and after he is gone, my lasting memory of John Glenn will be that he was a highly partisan hack for the party of treason.


8 posted on 08/07/2006 1:12:40 PM PDT by lormand (Nuke the Islamic States, or kiss your @55 goodbye)
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To: lormand

John sold his soul for one more ride into space. A harder choice to make than you might think.


9 posted on 08/07/2006 1:16:52 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: lormand

You beat me to it!


10 posted on 08/07/2006 1:18:10 PM PDT by shadowcat
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To: swmobuffalo

No, he should keep driving until he kills someone you love. After all, he's only 85.


11 posted on 08/07/2006 1:30:16 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: cabojoe
Police cited Glenn for failure to yield, Butland said.Take away his driver's license.
12 posted on 08/07/2006 1:33:52 PM PDT by ikka
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To: ikka

Kind of reminds me of the Volkswagon "Safety Happens" commercials where the occupants of the car are not paying attention and jabbering away when they get hit, and somehow they are the heroes of the commercial when their airbags save their lives.


13 posted on 08/07/2006 1:36:38 PM PDT by cabojoe
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To: cabojoe

Yeah but will he recover from his liberalism?


14 posted on 08/07/2006 2:05:38 PM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: cabojoe
Too old to be driving at night.

He caused an accident and is lucky the other person wasn't injured!

15 posted on 08/07/2006 2:08:04 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: lormand

Right.


16 posted on 08/07/2006 2:09:02 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: OldFriend


Exactly.


17 posted on 08/07/2006 2:10:11 PM PDT by onyx (Deport the trolls --- send them back to DU)
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To: RacerF150
"Was he drunk?"

No, he's 85. Probably is losing his ability to drive safely anymore. All inferences are pretty clear that the former astronaut was at fault.

18 posted on 08/07/2006 2:54:00 PM PDT by tom h
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To: lormand
...my lasting memory of John Glenn will be that he was a highly partisan hack for the party of treason.

Amen to that! As a child, John Glenn was probably my first hero.

When I think about that fact, I feel rather ashamed now.

19 posted on 08/07/2006 3:09:09 PM PDT by FormerLib ("...the past ten years in Kosovo will be replayed here in what some call Aztlan.")
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To: ozzymandus

I know a lady who is now wasting away in a nursing home. However, she also was 85 and still driving at the time she told me she stopped at a light and could not remember where she was. After a bit the person behind her beeped his horn to get her to move. She started driving slowly and then suddenly knew where she was and drove slowly home. It's wonderful to want to be older and independent, but common sense must prevail and perhaps 85 years old and common sense don't mix.


20 posted on 08/07/2006 5:03:59 PM PDT by maxwellp
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To: FormerLib
Glenn was very much disliked by his fellow astronauts.

It's easy to see why!

21 posted on 08/07/2006 5:36:47 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: ozzymandus

"No, he should keep driving until he kills someone you love. After all, he's only 85."

There you are I knew you'd show up. Guess a mistake is as good as a death warrant with you. I've made the same mistake as Mr. Glenn once upon a time, you gonna take my license too?


22 posted on 08/07/2006 8:19:18 PM PDT by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: swmobuffalo

If you can't drive any better than john glenn, you shouldn't have a license either. I don't know what you're trying to say about a death warrant, but when some geezer kills your loved one, don't expect sympathy from me.


23 posted on 08/07/2006 9:12:27 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

"f you can't drive any better than john glenn,"

I love it when people make assumptions.


24 posted on 08/07/2006 9:23:50 PM PDT by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: tom h

There needs to be criteria where you must be retested, for vision, rules of the road, and an actual road test. I think over the age of 65 it should be required every two years... and to be honest, under 65 it should be every 5-10 years or so.

Oh, and I would not charge the seniors for this test. I am sure that will be a non-starter... but let's be fair.


25 posted on 08/08/2006 7:22:58 AM PDT by AbeKrieger (Liberals are the Mongol herds destroying America from within.)
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To: Yo-Yo
re: John sold his soul for one more ride into space. A harder choice to make than you might think.)))

I agree with the first part--only the US citizen got sold out when he joined forces with Reno to keep secrets about the Chi Coms from damaging the Clinton administration. He didn't just get a ride worth $20M, he got debt forgiveness from the DNC to the order of $3M.

What I disagree with is that he found the choice in any way difficult. Not only would some of these desperate pilots sell out the US, there's a lot who would kill for the ticket. Or, "mission"--as they'd prefer to call it.

26 posted on 08/08/2006 7:27:03 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: swmobuffalo

Are you familiar with the word "if"? Glenn was cited for the accident.


27 posted on 08/08/2006 9:41:23 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: cabojoe
Kind of reminds me of the Volkswagon "Safety Happens" commercials

I love those commercials. They're a great reminder of just how easy it is to get into a car accident.
28 posted on 08/08/2006 10:30:15 AM PDT by Arthalion
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To: FormerLib
As a child, John Glenn was probably my first hero.

COL John Glenn was worthy of your childhood respect, and you have no reason to be ashamed.

SEN John Glenn is deserving only of contempt.

29 posted on 08/08/2006 10:34:08 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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