John Glenn (1921-2016) Tribute List

Astronaut and Senator John Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, in 1962 at a time when the space program was young and feats like that seemed impossible. He returned to space 36 years later aboard the shuttle Discovery. Widely recognized as an American hero for his accomplishments as an astronaut, Glenn later became a senator from Ohio. Here are 10 vocabulary words from quotes by Senator John Glenn.

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  1. connote
    express or state indirectly
    Fear connotes something that interferes with what you're doing.
  2. ponder
    reflect deeply on a subject
    I can't say I've ever had a dream about space or that I ponder it all the time.
  3. exploit
    draw from; make good use of
    To me, we have never really exploited our ability in low-Earth orbit.
  4. purport
    have the often specious appearance of being or intending
    As far as entertainment, 'The Right Stuff' is a good movie. As far as a documentary of the early space days, which they purported it to be, it is not at all.
  5. gamut
    a complete extent or range
    We had 83 different space research projects on my last space flight in '98, and they covered the whole gamut.
  6. vibrant
    vigorous and animated
    It has been my observation that the happiest of people, the vibrant doers of the world, are almost always those who are using - who are putting into play, calling upon, depending upon-the greatest number of their God-given talents and capabilities.
  7. modest
    marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
    I liked flying, when I got into it, loved it. And I found I was very good at it. I'm not modest about the fact that I was a good pilot.
  8. intervene
    get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
    Probably, had World War II not come along and intervened, I would have tried to be a doctor. My son's a doctor, and I still take some medical journals to this day.
  9. testament
    strong evidence for something
    The Discovery was the most intricate, complex machine man has ever built. It's a testament to our time.
  10. legacy
    a gift of personal property by will
    I'm not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: 'live-acy.' I'm more interested in living.
    In this case, "legacy" refers to what someone leaves behind, what will live after them, not only in the sense of material goods, but also in the sense of the difference they made in the world and the people they touched and changed with their presence.

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