A genuine American hero
“John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, has died at 95,” Dec. 9 news story.
Midway through my first year in law school, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Twelve years later I joined him as we entered the United States Senate together. We served as colleagues for 12 years and became very good friends. In 1984, Sen. Glenn and I competed for the Democratic nomination for president. When he decided not to go forward early in the primaries, many of his supporters joined our efforts.
John was one of the finest human beings I have ever known. He possessed that very rare quality of combining down-to-earth decency with historic heroism. He took his Senate duties absolutely seriously but did not take himself that seriously. John had a great sense of humor and could laugh at himself as well as at the ironies of politics.
In an age when heroes are all too rare, John Glenn was a genuine American hero. We already miss him. Kittredge The writer is a former U.S. senator from Colorado. Send letters of 150 words or fewer to email@example.com or 101 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 800, Denver, CO, 80202. Please include full name, city and phone number. Contact us at 303-954-1331.
Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, answers questions from the press in Jackson, Miss., on Jan. 18, 1984, during his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.