A gen­uine Amer­i­can hero

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Gary Hart,

“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 open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.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.

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