The City: Reno #4


Original Caption:

Reno -- Believe it or not, these seedy looking 'Arabs' actually represent the cream of American manhood. They are the seven Mercury Astronauts, gathered for a group photo after completing rugged training at the U.S. Air Force Survival School at Stead Air Force Base in Nevada. Left to right are: Gordon Cooper; Scott Carpenter; John Glenn; Alan Shephard; Virgil Grissom; Walter Schirra; and Donald Slayton. (1962)

5 comments:

Brent McKee said...

And here I thought the one in the middle (Alan Shephard) looked like Ringo Starr in one of his more recent photos.

Testify said...

"seedy looking 'Arabs'"!!!!! Jeez

Tom Sutpen said...

Back in that wild and lawless time, 1962, terminology of that sort was tossed around pretty promiscuously. I only quote it; I don't endorse it.

swac said...

"Cream of American manhood"

Ick.

Testify said...

Didn't for one minute think you did endorse that kind of talk Tom. I don't think you should censor it either, its a historical document after all.In drawing attention to it I simply wanted to register the distance we've travelled since those "wild and lawless" times.

And, yeah, 'cream of American Manhood' fnarr fnarr!!