It's been a long way, but we're here.
I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all.
They say any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
You know, being a test pilot isn't always the healthiest business in the world.
You may not have any extra talent, but maybe you are just paying more attention to what you are doing.
Obviously I was challenged by becoming a Naval aviator, by landing aboard aircraft carriers and so on.
We also knew it would be difficult, because of the financial condition of the family, for me to go to college.
I'd like to say I was smart enough to finish six grades in five years, but I think perhaps the teacher was just glad to get rid of me.
It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.
Of course, in our grade school, in those days, there were no organized sports at all. We just went out and ran around the school yard for recess.