Tuesday, April 13, 2010

OMG, Houston...

Dear NASA and President Obama:

Why doesn't anyone call me about this stuff?

It's the 40th anniversary of the ill-fated Apollo 13 space flight, the celebrated "successful failure" that showed problem solving at its finest.  No wonder you're not returning my calls. (That's for you, NASA. I know that President Obama is having 50 to 60 world leaders for some beers and nuclear talks.  Good luck with that!)

In order to honor NASA and join in the festivities, I am happy to announce that mission captain (and Milwaukeean, I am proud to say) James Lovell is being added to the "Face that Belongs on a Ventriloquist Dummy" list. Presenting the Apollo 13 story though ventriloquism is yet another way to bring this heroic story to all who should hear it.
But please, make no mistake: On Apollo 13 and at Mission Control, there were no dummies.  I can only hope that when the Ventriloquist in Space Program (VISP) blasts off, the country and the world is just as thrilled as they were when you returned.

Congratulations, captain. And if it's not too late to say... welcome back.

Sincerely,


Dan Bushman
Budding Astronaut
Budding Ventriloquist
American

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Jim Lovell:  The V Face List honor is the highest salute I can give you. You did Milwaukee proud, and you are the first Milwaukeean to make the list.

You made it to the list before another great Milwaukeean - Liberace. You can be doubly proud.

Oh, and don't worry, you're the 18th on the list, not unlucky 13.

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