April 12, 1981 - after a two day launch delay, the world’s first Space Shuttle, Columbia, launches from the Cape. STS-1’s crew, John Young and Bob Crippen, become the ultimate test pilots, flying NASA’s first manned maiden flight of any spacecraft. Unaware of a potentially catastrophic fire in the front wheel well, Young lands Columbia perfectly on April 14, after 37 orbits of the Earth. He becomes the only human being to fly the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle crafts, and to have walked on the moon.
Oh, South Carolina, bless your little soul for consistently producing some of the most truly head-scratching stories of ignorance in the country. The most recent example? The University of South Carolina Upstate is canceling a performance called How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less, because, apparently, no one has a sense of humor. State Senator Mike Fair seems to believe that the show is a “recruiting” event and, to be honest, I actually have no words to respond to that.
Senator Fair, I hate to break it to you, but we don’t actually recruit. If we did, however, I think our field guide might look something like this.