After watching The Right Stuff and being enamored by the boldness of both the American space program of the 50s-60s and the early astronauts themselves, I was compelled to find out more about Gordo.
The first half of the book provides an interesting, if relatively basic account of Gordo’s time as an astronaut.
The second half just falls off the rails. It starts with a number of brow raising and questionable little aspects. And then it really starts with his account of Wendell Welling’s homemade flying saucer.
That is shortly followed by his account of Valerie Ransone, the spoon bending telepath.
I did a bit of googling on Gordo. He got himself involved in a series of shady business deals that swindled a lot of people out of a lot of money. And it seemed that poor old Gordo pursued those deals because he genuinely believed in what he was selling.
So here I was reading about a great All American Hero and then I find that he seems to have lost his marbles. I wanted to throw up a little.