Journalist Remembers the Day John Glenn’s Car Broke Down

Every Tuesday, veteran journalist and aspiring novelist Katharine Blossom Lowrie chronicles the offbeat side of Redondo Beach and environs for her local Patch site, under the column heading “Blossom Chronicles.” Today, her focus is 78-year-old retired fellow reporter Mary Ann Keating.

It’s a fun read, starting out with the recollection of how Jack Benny held Keating’s hand during an interview and moving on to some early 1960s Colorado Springs Gazette reminiscences involving Walt Disney and John Glenn (pictured):

“One Saturday afternoon, I got a call from a mechanic at one of the garages, and he was whispering, ‘John Glenn’s here! John Glenn’s here!’” she recalled.

It turned out Glenn’s car had broken down, said Keating, who had worked to develop sources all over town. “Here he had gone around the globe, but he got to Colorado Springs and his car broke down.”

Article author Blossom Lowrie is part of the large group of experienced reporters contributing to Patch sites. Her work has previously appeared in the LA Times, Los Angeles magazine, the Daily Breeze and the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

[Photo of Glenn receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom May 29, 2012: Rena Schild/Shutterstock.com]