Monday, June 9, 2014

"Deus ex machina" (post 8)

“Deus ex machina” is an ancient literary plot device where a “seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly resolved by the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, [or] character...” The “deus ex machina” of my Apollo 11 story was a senior editor of the Michigan Daily, Jim Heck. I heard Jim had been appointed Editor of the College Press Service (CPS) Wire Network in Washington, DC. CPS was an association of college newspapers and its Wire Network a means of exchanging stories between its members (this was long before the internet). Jim was going to Washington, DC for the summer and I asked him to plead my case in person before NASA Public Affairs—I would cover Apollo 11 not just for the Michigan Daily, but for the College Press Service representing all the colleges. Good guy that he was, Jim agreed to try.

#Apollo11Eyewitness  Post#8


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