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Obviously I was challenged by becoming a Naval aviator,
by Alan Shepard

Obviously I was challenged by becoming a Naval aviator,
by landing aboard aircraft carriers and so on.
- Alan Shepard

You know, being a test pilot isn't always the healthiest business in the world.
- Alan Shepard

The excitement really didn't start to build until the trailer -
which was carrying me,
with a space suit with ventilation and all that sort of stuff -
pulled up to the launch pad.
- Alan Shepard

They say any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
- Alan Shepard

 

You may not have any extra talent, but maybe you are
just paying more attention to what you are doing.
- Alan Shepard

It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and
realize that one's safety factor was determined by
the lowest bidder on a government contract.
- Alan Shepard

I think the sense of family and family achievement,
plus the discipline which I received there from that
one-room school were really very helpful in what I did later on.
- Alan Shepard

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The first plane ride was in a homemade glider my buddy and I built.
Unfortunately we didn't get more than four feet off the ground,
because it crashed.
- Alan Shepard

Later, in the early teens, I used to ride my bike every
Saturday morning to the nearest airport,
ten miles away, push airplanes in and out of the hangars,
and clean up the hangars.
- Alan Shepard

Of course I was delighted the flight was over,
but I still had to worry about cleaning up inside the cabin,
I had to worry about the hatch, how to get in the sling,
and so on.
- Alan Shepard

I think all of us certainly believed the statistics
which said that probably 88% chance of mission success
and maybe 96% chance of survival.
And we were willing to take those odds.
- Alan Shepard

Of course, in our grade school, in those days,
there were no organized sports at all.
We just went out and ran around the school yard for recess.
- Alan Shepard

I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all.
- Alan Shepard

It's been a long way, but we're here.
- Alan Shepard

We also knew it would be difficult, because of the
financial condition of the family,
for me to go to college.
- Alan Shepard

I didn't mind studying.
Obviously math and the physical science subjects interested
me more than some of the more artistic subjects,
but I think I was a pretty good student.
- Alan Shepard

I'd like to say I was smart enough to finish six grades in five years,
but I think perhaps the teacher was just glad to get rid of me.
- Alan Shepard

Then there was the challenge to keep doing better and better,
to fly the best test flight that anybody had ever flown.
That led to my being recognized as one of the more experienced test pilots,
and that led to the astronaut business.
- Alan Shepard

The pilot looked at his cues of attitude and speed
and orientation and so on and responded as he would
from the same cues in an airplane,
but there was no way it flew the same.
The simulators had showed us that.
- Alan Shepard

The rocket had worked perfectly, and all I had to do
was survive the reentry forces.
You do it all, in a flight like that,
in a rather short period of time, just 16 minutes as a matter of fact.
- Alan Shepard

And I think that still is true of this business -
which is basically research and development -
that you probably spend more time in planning and training
and designing for things to go wrong,
and how you cope with them, than you do for things to go right.
- Alan Shepard

We wanted to be in great shape, we wanted to be able
to cope with zero gravity,
we wanted to be able to cope with accelerations and decelerations and so on.
So all of us trained so that we were probably in the
best physical condition we had ever been in up until that point.
- Alan Shepard

Whether you are an astronomer or a life scientist,
geophysicist, or a pilot, you've got to be there because
you believe you are good in your field,
and you can contribute, not because you are going to
get a lot of fame or whatever when you get back.
- Alan Shepard

But when I was selected, after my very first tour of squadron duty,
to become one of the youngest candidates for the test pilot school,
I began to realize, maybe you are a little bit better.
- Alan Shepard

So everything turned out fine, and we were given the
opportunity to go to Washington and be briefed on the project of man in space,
and given the opportunity to choose whether we wanted to get involved or not.
- Alan Shepard

We worked with the engineers in the design and construction
and testing phases in those various areas,
then we would get back together at the end of the week
and brief each other as to what had gone on.
- Alan Shepard

I woke up an hour before I was supposed to,
and started going over the mental checklist:
where do I go from here,
what do I do? I don't remember eating anything at all,
just going through the physical, getting into the suit.
We practiced that so much, it was all rote.
- Alan Shepard

You have to be there not for the fame and glory and
recognition and being a page in a history book,
but you have to be there because you believe your talent
and ability can be applied effectively to operation of the spacecraft.
- Alan Shepard

You've done it in the simulator so many times,
you don't have a real sense of being excited when the flight is going on.
You're excited before, but as soon as the liftoff occurs,
you are busy doing what you have to do.
- Alan Shepard

If everything seems to be going well,
you have obviously overlooked something.
- Anonymous

Overall the fundamentals seem to be there and he's
obviously got a very mature head on his shoulders.
He's got a kind of presence.
- Nick Price

We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids.
But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that.
- Prince William

I can't do everything obviously although sometimes
I know that all of us wish that we could.
- Minoru Yamasaki

Obviously in Art of Noise, I'm just part of the group,
and when I do film scores, it's always in collaboration
with the director and other people involved.
- Anne Dudley

I really want to do the Olympics.
Obviously, I can't let things out of the bag,
so to speak.
- Mark Roberts

Obviously, I'll keep fighting to uphold the Constitution.
- Michael Newdow

Whether the story reflects the facts is obviously a different matter.
- Kenneth Starr

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the
writer an acceptable public figure;
obviously,
he was no sissy.
- Irwin Shaw

I feel a little schizophrenic because my life is so
totally different from here,
obviously.
And the French values are so different from American values.
- Adrian Lyne

I'm not eager to jump into marriage again.
I'm in the corner right now, wearing my dunce cap.
That area is obviously a nightmare.
- Lisa Marie Presley

There's a lot of history in Boston and a lot of history,
obviously, in New York with all the championships.
- Rafael Palmeiro

Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning
when first I considered going.
Once faced and settled there really wasn't
any good reason to refer to it.
- Amelia Earhart

Obviously, all of us have been influenced by those around us.
- Tom G. Palmer

Because obviously the whole purpose of putting records
out is purely and simply to make money.
- Mel Torme

But quite honestly, personally, I was much more concerned -
I mean,
there's not much I can do about my appearance obviously
other than spending four hours in hair and makeup.
- Diane Kruger

This autocue was obviously written for someone else
and I've been brought in at the last minute.
- Johnny Vegas

Obviously, the person who had most influence on my career was Ken Thompson.
- Dennis Ritchie

So many people say that obviously my game has changed
since I arrived here and I say that it's good that it changed,
otherwise it would show a lack of intelligence.
- Thierry Henry

If the withdrawal from Gaza goes badly,
obviously, that will set us back.
- Jane Harman

Coldplay fans are the best in the world.
If you like Coldplay then you're obviously very intelligent
and good looking and all-around brilliant.
- Chris Martin

Obviously, I'm not a trained actress,
and right now I'll come out and say I'm glad I'm not.
- Jenny McCarthy

Spike Lee is obviously more stupid than anyone can be by accident.
- Dick Armey

Clean living is the cardinal principle in the lives
of the world's greatest athletes,
as the phenomenal performances of these outstanding
characters will obviously show.
- Major Taylor

So Liam and movies are obviously big passions,
and I read and write.
- Faye Dunaway

Obviously, the greater the length of a war the higher
is likely to be the number of casualties in it on either side.
- Douglas Haig

As the governor of this state, I obviously see the issue quite differently.
- Gray Davis

The events with Henry III happened, obviously the way it happened,
liberties were taken.
- Catherine McCormack

They say Formula One is a market which it can't be,
obviously.
Our market is independent, it's a sport.
- Bernie Ecclestone

You always love playing in finals at any tournament.
The grand slams and stuff like that are obviously the
priorities but any titles go on your record.
- Lleyton Hewitt

Having seen war, you obviously learned to hate war.
- Mark Hatfield

Obviously, in dealing with a relationship,
sexuality has to be involved, and jealousy and emotions like that.
And I don't know, I've always been intrigued by those emotions.
- Adrian Lyne

This is a very important relationship we have with Russia,
the relationship over the nuclear arsenal that they
have obviously is important.
They're a very powerful country.
- Warren Christopher

I was always drawn to Broadway musicals,
and obviously composers like Gershwin,
Rodgers, Berlin and Porter were writing music that
I found wildly impressive.
- Marvin Hamlisch

I hadn't given much thought to the prospect of a Hugo
nomination at the time it happened,
but obviously once you're nominated,
winning one seems a bit less far-fetched than before.
- Greg Egan

If you put yourself in a group of people you cannot
work with it's obviously going to be a disaster.
- David Cronenberg

They made me use an accent, which I wasn't thrilled
about because a lot of us,
obviously, don't have them.
- Rita Moreno

Obviously after such a long gap, one itches to get
back to the game and score big runs.
- Sachin Tendulkar

People often argue about this.
Obviously one of the skills in performance is acting,
and you can't expect every Romeo to really be in love with their Juliet!
- Deborah Bull

Obviously, every child should be given the best possible
opportunity to acquire literacy skills.
- Hugh Mackay

Movies, obviously, are a little more lucrative.
The initial paycheck is better.
- Carlos Alazraqui

You know, you want everything you do,
obviously, to be a success critically and commercially.
But what you find out as you go along is that everything won't.
- Lee Ann Womack


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