NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 21, 1974
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(Studio) Alan Shepard to retire from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and Navy. Shepard was 1 of original 7 astronauts.
REPORTER: Floyd Kalber
(Houston, Texas) On May 5, 1961, Shepard 1st man ever to leave earth's atmosphere. Film of historic space flights shown. [SHEPARD - says he didn't think he'd return to earth safely after 1st flight.] [SHEPARD - discusses significance of 1st flight.] Inner ear disorder forced Shepard to become nonflying astronaut. During period, Shepard became millionaire. At own expense, Shepard found Los Angeles doctor to cure inner ear. Shepard on 1st flight to moon. [SHEPARD - discusses moon rocks.] Shepard's lunar golf captured fancy of people on earth; film shown. [SHEPARD - says golf ball went 200 yds. on 1st try.] Questioned about future. [SHEPARD - admits marked transition must occur.] Shepard to be chairperson of board of Marathon Construction Company Shepard to continue living in Houston mansion. [SHEPARD - believes in space exploration's future.] Questioned about financial status. [SHEPARD - says he's wealthy in very many ways.]
REPORTER: Roy Neal
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