NYC To Hold Parade for John Glenn
NEW YORK (AP) _ John Glenn has made New York City’s short list.
The 77-year-old astronaut _ who was treated to a ticker-tape parade after becoming the first American in orbit 36 years ago _ was to be joined by his six crewmates from the shuttle Discovery for another celebration today.
Slated to chauffeur the world’s oldest astronaut was police Officer Thomas Halinan, the son of former Officer Kevin Halinan, who drove Glenn in the 1962 parade.
The other shuttle crew members are Cmdr. Curtis Brown, Steven Lindsey, Scott Parazynski, Stephen Robinson, Pedro Duque and Chiaki Mukai. All were to be presented with keys to the city.
It’s the second parade in less than a week for the crew. Last Wednesday, thousands lined the streets of Houston to honor Glenn & Co.
Besides baseball’s hometown Yankees and Mets, the few others given more than one ticker-tape parade in New York include former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, Dwight Eisenhower and Amelia Earhart. Recent honorees include Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Gulf War veterans.
Ticker tape, the paper ribbon on which telegraphic tickers print information, is no longer used. Participants now throw shredded computer paper, confetti and toilet paper rolls.