In chapter 29 of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Hocus Pocus Wally Schirra appears, unnamed, with diarrhea in a bar. The character doesn’t remember his name, just remembers he used to be an astronaut who did sinus medicine commercials.
The original Mercury 7 astronaut was being cared for at a hospice center in Denver when he passed. Carpenter was initially expected to make a full recovery from the stroke, but his condition worsened this week, sources close to his family shared.
Since [landing after Apollo 12], I have not complained about the weather one single time. I’m glad there is weather. I’ve not complained about traffic. I’m glad there’s people around.
One of the things that I did when I got home, I went down to shopping centers, and I’d just go around there, get an ice cream cone or somethin’, and just watch the people go by, and think: “Boy, we’re lucky to be here. Why do people complain about the earth? We are living in the Garden of Eden.”