Words on America's first man in space
Here's what they said about America's first space flight: Spaceman Alan B. Shepard Jr. "Boy, what a ride!" Mrs. Shepard, his wife "Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful." President Kennedy, in a statement "This is an historic milestone in our own exploration Into space." Kennedy (by radio-telephone to Shepard) "I want to congratulate you ... We watched you on TV, of course, and we are awfully pleased and proud of what you did." Army Capt. Jerry Strong, a doctor who examined Shepard after the landing "Excellent physical condition . . . fine spirits . . . there is nothing we can determine that is in any way abnormal after the flight." Lt. Col. (Ret.) Alan B. Shepard, the astronaut's father "We are all very happy . . . We are happy, too, for the thousands of technicians and so many others who worked so hard and so long to make this a success." Mrs. Alan B. Shepard, the astronaut's mother "When we heard 'All OK,' then our arms went up and around each other." Leonard J. Carter, secretary of the British Interplanetary Society "The Americans had the right way of doing it Unlike the Russians, they allowed us all to take part in the fantastic adventure."