Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.
Boys like either dinosaurs or airplanes. I was very much an airplane boy.
I was a naval officer and aviator. I tested airplanes and got selected to be an astronaut later on.
We didn't slow down, unlike the others, when we got to the moon because we needed its gravity to get back, so we hold the altitude record. I never even thought about it. Records are only made to be broken.
I didn't go into the NASA program to pick up rocks or to go the moon or anything else. I went in there because I was a military officer, and that was the next notch in my profession.
For some time, I thought Apollo 13 was a failure. I was disappointed I didn't get to land on the moon. But actually, it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened.
After six successful Apollo flights, including two lunar landings, people were getting bored.
I was only a hero by default. The flights were few and far between. There weren't that many astronauts. The moon flights were so interesting and exciting.
I was born a year after Lindbergh made his historic trip across the Atlantic.