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  • For those of us who remember the early days of NASA, it was something of a jolt to learn that Gordon Cooper, one of the original Mercury astronauts, died Monday at age 77.

    Cooper flew the last solo Mercury mission, also flew on the Gemini 5 mission, and was known for his infectious enthusiasm for the space program.

    ”Who was the best pilot I ever saw? Well, uh, you're lookin' at 'im.” (“The Right Stuff” - 1983)

  • Rodney Dangerfield died yesterday at age 82.

    ”I tell you, with my doctor, I don't get no respect. Well, I told him I've swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills. He told me to have a few drinks and get some rest.”

    “My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.”

    “I asked my old man if I could go ice-skating on the lake. He told me, ‘Wait til it gets warmer.’”

    “I come from a stupid family. During the Civil War my great uncle fought for the west!”

    “My mother had morning sickness after I was born.”

    “When I played in the sandbox the cat kept covering me up.”

    “I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.”

    “I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent back a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof.”

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