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John Glenn Visits Georgetown

On January 11, 1963, barely a year after his historic orbit of Earth, John Glenn spent a day at Georgetown University. He came to the hilltop to film an episode of “The Experts Answer,” a program sponsored by the United States Information Agency, to be aired in South America. During the filming, Glenn was joined by two journalists and two Georgetown students to discuss the United States space program, its economic aspects, and the current space race with the Soviet Union. After the taping, Glenn was interviewed by WGTB director Jack Burgess, who asked Glenn questions related to his work on the Gemini and Mercury projects. Glenn also spent time with University administrators and staff and delivered remarks to a gathering of students.

Ann Galloway, Assistant University Archivist

December 19, 2016

 

The following photographs were taking by University Photographer Bob Young, Jr., who documented Glenn’s day on campus:

John Glenn, Vera Rubin and Fr. Martin McCarthy

Glenn with Vera Rubin and Martin McCarthy, S.J., Professor of Astronomy

John Glenn speaks at Georgetown

Glenn speaks to a group of students and University staff

John Glenn, Fr. McCarthy and Dr. William Thaler

Glenn with Fr. McCarthy and Dr. William Thaler, Professor of Physics

John Glenn interview

Glenn being interviewed by WGTB’s Jack Burgess

John Glenn, Mark Phillips, Vera Rubin and Fr. McCarthy

Glenn with Mark Phillips, Vera Rubin and Fr. McCarthy

 

John Glenn and Edward Bunn, S.J.

 

Glenn with GU President Edward Bunn, S.J.

John Glenn filming

Glenn during filming of “The Experts Answer” in Copley Lounge

John Glenn filming

Glenn during filming of “The Experts Answer” in Copley Lounge

John Glenn filming

Glenn during filming of “The Experts Answer” in Copley Lounge

John Glenn

Glenn during lunch

John Glenn

Glenn speaking to group of students and University staff