The Odd Side – March 20, 2018

Young John Glenn’s Pillowcase Featured Planets, Stars

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A recently discovered child’s pillowcase that belonged to the late U.S. senator and space hero John Glenn depicts revolving planets, stars and a view to outer space. At the center, a koala bear clings to some sort of spacecraft, labeled “John” in blue embroidered cursive.

Glenn grew up to become the first American to orbit the Earth.

Adam Sackowitz, a graduate student from Queens, New York, purchased the pillowcase March 8 for $2,500 at an estate sale of Glenn’s possessions. An authentication certificate says it belonged to Glenn during his childhood, which was in the 1920s and early 1930s. The Ohio native died in 2016 at age 95.

Sackowitz joined the crowds of people who lined up for the estate sale in Potomac, Maryland, for the chance to buy mementos from Glenn’s life. Karen Jones, of Greater Washington Estate Services, said the event was organized by Glenn’s children. The pillowcase was among a roomful of items they identified as belonging to their father.

Sackowitz said he stretched his budget to buy the pillowcase because the embroidered image seemed to predict Glenn’s future career.

“This pillowcase seemed to foretell John Glenn’s future as an astronaut,” Sackowitz said. “I really wanted to buy it and see it preserved for history.”

He hopes to donate the item for display in Glenn’s birthplace of Cambridge, Ohio, which got its first-ever historic marker commemorating its famous son in November. Glenn’s celestial bedding could also go to the John & Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord, Ohio, Sackowitz said. That’s where Glenn and his widow spent their childhoods.

Colorado Firefighters Pluck Baby Foxes From Storm Drain

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Firefighters in Colorado plucked eight animals they thought were puppies from a storm drain, only to find out later they were young red foxes.

Video of the rescue showed a Colorado Springs firefighter lifting the squirming foxes one by one from the storm drain and placing them on a sheet.

The animals were then turned over to The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, where a vet determined they were not dogs but foxes.

State wildlife manager Travis Sauder told CBS4 it’s not uncommon for people to come across young wild animals at this time of year.

Sauder says the baby foxes would be returned to where they were found in hopes their mother was still around. If not, he says they’ll be taken to a rehabilitation facility.

Gold Spills on Russian Runway After Plane Door Glitch

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian news reports say the hatch of a cargo plane carrying precious metals accidentally flew open upon takeoff — scattering at least 3 tons of gold on the runway.

An investigation is underway after the incident at the airport in the far east city of Yakutsk, according to the Tass news agency.

An An-12 plane operated by the airline Nimbus took off for Krasnoyarsk carrying 9.3 tons of gold and other precious metals, according to a statement from the state Investigative Committee quoted by Tass. Damage to a door handle caused it to fly open and spill some of the metal.

Authorities recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, Tass quoted Interior Ministry officials as saying.

No one was hurt in the incident. Images circulating on social media showed gold bars scattered across a runway.