Posted by: Diane Langton/SourceMedia Group News | June 16, 2009

Collins and Project Mercury – 1959

6-16-59 pg. 1

This photo ran on Page One in The Gazette on June 16, 1959.  The Mercury-Atlas 6  flight achieved orbit on Feb. 20, 1962.



  1. I am trying to contact David V. Wendell, a former Gazette reporter and Marion, Iowa, resident concerning stained glass information. Thank you for your assistance.

    • The last information I found in our archives on David Wendell is a story written by columnist Dave Rasdal in 2006. At that time, Wendell was a resident of Chicago. He was never employed by The Gazette as a reporter.

      • Thanks for responding so quickly. Mr. Wendell gave a presentation on stained glass at our local library a few years back and I was hoping to contact him about doing a repeat. It appears he was a local reporter in the south suburbs of Chicago for some years so I assumed that he did something similar in Iowa. Thanks again.

  2. David Wendell is a Marion historian. Comments:
    Information from article he wrote ‘Iowans made world safe for democracy’
    Gazette, The (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City, IA) – Monday, November 11, 2013

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