Have Space Suit, Will Travel
Curtis Galloway interviewed his wife Tracy about her unique childhood. One reason Tracy’s childhood was so interesting was because of a glamorous, blond space travel enthusiast by the name of Jeanne Roberts who just happened to be her mother.
“She was always the one that was up at five in the morning to watch whatever Apollo launch was scheduled, with her nose two inches away from the TV,” says Tracy. “She had the opportunity to go visit a friend in Florida who took her to [a space launch] and that was one of the thrilling moments of her life because that encompassed a lot of who she was and her interests. I think she was so overwhelmed by that experience that she bought a space suit from the gift shop. It fit her perfectly.” Jeanne had her laundry room painted black and decorated the room with posters of space and models of spacecraft. Soon the spin cycle of the washer became synonymous with the revolutions of the planets and stars.
Jeanne shared her love of all things stellar with her grand kids, too. “When we had our first child and he was two years old and we brought him to visit Grandma she put on the NASA suit and the helmet and held his hand and went to take out the trash,” says Tracy. “When I sent a copy of that photo to my sister we put a little caption on it that said ‘Stewart being abducted by an alien!’”
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