She's Got It


10 Responses to “She's Got It”

  1. Brandon West says:

    Are headlines that describe the content being posted too much to ask?

  2. Angel says:

    There’s a book about the Mercury 13 called: “The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight” by Martha Ackmann.

  3. NoahApples says:

    Thanks for that LIFE article link! Amazing stuff!

  4. Chris says:

    LIFE magazine had pics and profiles of some of the women in 1963:

  5. UptownGreen says:

    “(and 1959 seems a little late for women who’d been with the WAC in World War II to be in prime physical condition)”

    Don’t be so sure. Figuring a woman could have been 25 in 1945 at the end of WW2, she’d have been 39 in 1959. Glenn was born in 1921, and he flew in 1962. He was the oldest of the Mercury 7, but all the others were in their mid- to late-30s before they flew.

  6. Emma says:

    lol was thinking the same. An interesting subject though.

  7. SidFudd says:

    If you’re interested in finding a live one, you might reach out to Gene Nora Jessen, whose email is out there somewhere, surely. (Handy tip: Mom goes by Gene Nora, and it’s pronounced as one word with the accent in the middle – jaNOra.)

    As I posted in the comments section at Wired, she’d probably be delighted to answer a few questions – only you’d be best off reading the books first (“Right Stuff, Wrong Sex” by Weitekamp, “Mercury 13″ by Ackmann/Sherr, “Promised the Moon” by Nolen, and “Amelia Earhart’s Daughters” by Haynsworth/Toomey – all fun reading). The myth risks overcoming the facts in this story, and she’s liable to jump all over you (nicely but firmly) if you lead with “So what was it like being a secret astronaut?” Better to lead with “Hey, you flew the lower 48 in the mid-sixties selling Musketeer aircraft in a skirt and high heels and then wrote a book about it! Woot!” Actually leave out the “woot”.

    Incidentally documentary producer James Cross coined the term “Mercury 13″. He was one of the original producers of “Golden Age of Television” (out next month from Criterion) and he lives in the Valley. For less than the cost of a house I’m sure he’d tell you all about how the Merc 13 movie deal blew to smithereens circa 1999.

    Taylor Jessen

  8. Flowerofhighrank says:

    I have written a screenplay about the Mercury 13; it served as the thesis for my M.A. and is being shopped around. In my research with the NASA archives administrators and Laura Woodmansea among others, I found a fair amount of disagreement regarding what really happened. Some sources said that the women were tested to failure. Others said their testing was exactly the same as the male test pilots’. The women have consistently refused to option their life stories. We eventually optioned a book about the project.

  9. AirPillo says:

    There are, especially by now, several very good organizations devoted to the promotion and historical study of women in the field of aviation. I was exposed to a couple of them during my time in ground school, though unfortunately I can’t recall the specific organizations I came into contact with.

    My first guess might be that there would be someone at one of these organizations who’d be very happy to help track down members of this program if you could get ahold of them. There’s bound to be someone available with research know-how and reference resources among their ranks.

  10. bobsyeruncle says:

    Er, well if you want to send women into orbit, Randy Lovelace and Donald Flickinger sound like just the right men. Ba-dum-bum-tsh! :D

    Parents really should be more careful naming their kids. Hmm.

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