We’re always looking for things on the edges of the map, we humans. Hard to tell exactly who’s poking around the margins of possibility at any given time. You hear about it later, generally. Consider Joseph Kittinger. In the 1950s, a man had never been into space. Kittinger said he’d go. In a chair under a balloon. When he got there, he came back the easy way. He jumped.
We love folderol here at the BSBFBoys. Stunts and foolishness, happy tumbles and leaps. But we’re in awe of Joseph William Kittinger II, and his two Silver Stars, two Legion of Merits, his six(!)Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, his Meritorious Service Medal, his twenty-four Air Medals, and his Prisoner of War Medal for his stay in the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam.