So I'm up doing nothing because I'm not feeling good and can't sleep -- that should be good for you because I'm getting some advance blogging done for the day. Anyway, I've got that "Coast To Coast" UFO conspiracy show on my radio, and they're talking about the space program.
The guest is some guy who's supposed to be a friend of the astronauts, and he's supposed to have interviewed all of them and done all kinds of research into the space program. So somebody calls and asks him why Chuck Yeager, the guy who broke the sound barrier and was memorialized in The Right Stuff, was never an astronaut. And the guy couldn't answer the question.
How am I supposed to take some seriously some guy who doesn't know the answer to this question? Especially when I know it and I'm no expert on the space program. And the answer is that Chuck Yeager was never an astronaut because he didn't have a college education, and a prime requirement for being an astronaut was being a college graduate. See, The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe, page 63, Bantam Edition, 7th printing, September 1983: "Yeager was young enough -- still only thirty-five -- but had never attended college."
So for any of you who were listening to this program, and you were wondering why Chuck Yeager was never an astronaut, there's your answer. It's just a shame that the so-called expert didn't know the answer.