Monday, November 15, 2010

Jack Swigert of the Week: A Tense Debriefing Moment


"Guys, these girls just aren't Playboy Playmate material. Get me some new pictures. Better yet, get Donn Eisele down here to look at these chicks. Next!" From left, Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise, April/May 1970

This picture dates from around April/May 1970, after Apollo 13 came back to Earth and the long process of figuring out what the hell made the service module EXPLODE was just beginning. I'm certain this was a fairly tedious, frustrating process, and the boyz of Apollo 13 hopefully had some fun diversions to at least chat about in the midst of having to look at millions of pieces of data and schematics. Eventually the near-disaster would be traced to a faulty fuel tank.

I am hoping Jack was wondering who would be the Playmate of the Year 1970, or perhaps all three men were thinking: "Man, one day they'll make a movie about this, and Opie Taylor from the Andy Griffith Show WILL DIRECT IT."