One of the many famous people I interviewed on radio was rocket
scientist Wernher Von Braun. Mr. Von Braun was one of Hitler's top scientists
during the Nazi Third Reich, and he wisely surrendered to the American forces at
the end of the war in 1945 to avoid being captured by the Russians who were
advancing rapidly from the East to capture the city of Berlin. Other rocket
scientists weren't so lucky and were taken by the Russians to further their own
rocket program. And thus began the Race to Space between the Russians and
America. The Russians did beat the U.S. in getting a satellite into orbit, and
then a living creature, a dog, but ultimately the Americans caught up and beat
the Russians to the moon.
I also interviewed Senator Robert
Kennedy during his campaign swing through our town, shortly before he was
enjoyed meeting and asking the Beatles some questions at their press only
news conference, just prior to going onstage at the State Fair.