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Thursday, November 10, 2011

John Glenn's Hometown Allows Alcohol Sales, Finally

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

That making did not include drinks at the local bar.
  • That making did not include drinks at the local bar.

If you've ever dipped into Tom Wolfe's epic 1979 account of the early astronauts, The Right Stuff, you'll remember the writer's somewhat unflattering portrayal of John Glenn. While all the other early 'nauts were out boozing and chasing stewardess under the stars in Cocoa Beach in between training sessions for USA's inaugural slingshot into the space, the future-senator was in his room, firmly wrapped in a wet blanket. The religious and straight-backed Ohioan didn't partake in the sideline festivities. It got to the point where Glenn's sanctimoniousness became an issue for the rest of the Mercury Seven.

Some of that moral iron was doubtlessly forged in Glenn's hometown, New Concord. The small map pinprick in Muskingum County is well-known not only for hearing the birth cries of the first Earth orbiter, but for not being booze friendly. Since before Prohibition, the town has banned the sale of alcohol.

But that all changed on election day, when the town voters approved sale of wine, beer, and mixed drink at a market on Main Street, according to the AP. Don't fret, this isn't a warp drive jump into the 21th century — New Concord will still be dry on Sundays.

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