American aviator, astronaut and war hero John Glenn has died at the age of 95. He was the last of the Mercury Seven, that group of test adventurers extraordinaire of whom Tom Wolfe wrote in The Right Stuff — men who inspired a generation to dream of reaching the stars.
It is fair to say, that few in the history of the 20th century have left such a diverse and singular legacy for heroic accomplishment. I admire Glenn the same way I admire Teddy Roosevelt. Not necessarily for his politics or philosophical genius, but because he represents the very best of those virtues which remind us to persevere.