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Hack Wilson

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Hack Wilson’s combativeness and excessive alcohol consumption made him one of the most colorful sports personalities of his era.

His drinking and fighting undoubtedly contributed to a premature end to his athletic career and, ultimately, his premature demise.

Wilson’s 1930 season with the Cubs is widely considered one of the most memorable individual single-season hitting performances in baseball history. His 56 home runs that year was the National League record for 68 years. His record of 191 runs batted has yet to be surpassed.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.

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Dave Ekins, Riding An NSU

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Construction, Theoretical, and Experimental Solution to the Problem of the Liquid Propellant Rocket

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Professor Tom Lehrer

Gather ’round while I sing you of Wernher von Braun,
A man whose allegiance
Is ruled by expedience.
Call him a Nazi, he won’t even frown,
“Ha, Nazi, Schmazi,” says Wernher von Braun.

Don’t say that he’s hypocritical,
Say rather that he’s apolitical.
“Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?
That’s not my department,” says Wernher von Braun.

Some have harsh words for this man of renown,
But some think our attitude
Should be one of gratitude,
Like the widows and cripples in old London town,
Who owe their large pensions to Wernher von Braun.

You too may be a big hero,
Once you’ve learned to count backwards to zero.
“In German oder English I know how to count down,
Und I’m learning Chinese!” says Wernher von Braun.

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The First Orbit

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In 1961, Gagarin passed over the launch site near the Aral Sea at 6AM, before sweeping over the Pacific Ocean on the night side of the Earth and emerging into sunlight again over the Southern Atlantic. The ship then soared across the African continent and the Middle East, before returning to ground at 7:55AM, just north of the Caspian Sea.

Alexei Leonov

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“You just can’t comprehend it. Only out there can you feel the greatness – the huge size of all that surrounds us.”