John Glenn for 1986 commencement speakerTo the Editor:
I strongly urge the Commencement Committee to consider Senator John Glenn for 1986 commencement speaker.
Few Americans as well-known and popular as John Glenn have such a remarkably diverse background, and one that is so appropriate for MIT. Glenn's involvement with science and technology extend back to his days as an astronaut. He earned his initial fame as a highly-decorated combat pilot in World War II and Korea. America's favorite astronaut No he isn't, mine is Capt. Dan Bradenstein --mkwent on to become a successful businessman and corporate executive, reaching the position of president of Royal Crown International.
He has now served more than a decade in the US Senate, including assignments on the Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees. In 1984, the Ohio Senator ran a strong campaign for President of the United States.
John Glenn -- combat veteran, Marine colonel, businessman, famous astronaut, US Senator, and genuine American hero -- would be an excellent choice for MIT's 1986 commencement speaker. It seems only appropriate that the first American to orbit the Earth be invited to the institution so widely acclaimed for its outstanding work in advanced technology.
Stan Shull '86