It seemed as if we lost more celebrities than usual in 2016 - icons like David Bowie, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Mohammed Ali, Prince, and Debbie Reynolds. But there was one legend we lost in 2016 that stands out as being one of America's last true heroes: John Glenn.
I had the great honor and privilege of meeting the esteemed John Glenn a few years back. At 95 years old, Glenn had most certainly led an amazing career and life. He was an American hero, as in 1962 he became the very first American to orbit the Earth (and the third American in space). He also became the oldest person to ever fly in space in 1998 at the age of 77. He represented Ohio in the United States Senate from 1974-1999 and served in the United States Navy and Marines from 1941-1965. In 1998, he helped found the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. He was married to the wonderful Annie Glenn since 1943 (a lovely lady, whom I also had the honor to meet).
Upon his death, John Glenn became the 9th person whose body laid in state at the Ohio Statehouse since it opened int he 1850s (the others before him include Abraham Lincoln and former Ohio governors). It was a celestial ceremony as he took off on his "final mission."
From his birth in Cambridge, Ohio to his journeys in Outer Space to his time in Washington, DC and his continued service in Columbus at OSU, John Glenn was a true OHventurer in every form of the word. I am so humbled to have met him, and we should all be so honored to have had him lead so many frontiers in his long, illustrious life.