One thing from Countdown that I found very Frankesque was Frank explaining his happiness after splashdown; it wasn’t due to a successful mission or the near-certainty that America had won the space race, it was simply because it wouldn’t be long until he saw Sue and the boys again.
The kick-ass lunar pioneers. Among this group is: the first American to do a space walk, the first three men to conduct a rendezvous in space, the first two men to fly out of Earth’s orbit and go to the moon, the first and third men to walk on the moon, the first man to fly the Lunar module, the first man to be struck by lightning twice on the way to the moon, and last but not least, the first to eat a corned beef sandwich in space.
Interesting memo detailing the options that President Nixon had to agree or disagree to on 11 launch day. Note that he ignored all his advisors and followed Frank’s opinion without question, who probably ‘strongly recommended’ a national holiday just so he could have the day off. ;-)
The first photo shows President Nixon and Frank in a closet…sorry, Frank’s liaison office in the WH, watching the Apollo 11 mission launch. For most people, hanging out with the President during a seminal moment in history may be something to tell the grandkids…but this is Frank, whose memory today rates the importance of this event along with a hair-cut and getting his car waxed, and therefore can’t even remember it happening.
The second memo shows Frank acted a WH Lunar musical director. I’ll have a wild guess that the President did what he was told. And this was before Frank told him that his speech sucked. ;-).