One of Ohio’s most famous native sons was saluted posthumously in several Ohio communities over the weekend. John Glenn would have turned 100 years old yesterday, had he not passed away in December 2,016. Glenn was born in Cambridge Ohio, and was a decorated World War ii and Korean war pilot before he was appointed by Nasa to serve in the first group of American Astronauts, in 1,959. 3 years later, Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth Before he ran successfully as a democratic party candidate for the U.S. Senate, succeeding Howard Metzenbaum in 1,974 at the start of a 24-year long career in Congress. While still a sitting Senator, Glenn became the oldest person ever to take part in a space mission, flying on board the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1,998 at the age of 77. I only met John Glenn one time. It was at an event in Kalida.He was cordial as I recall, and didn’t dodge any of the questions that other reporters and I asked at a luncheon. Glenn served in the Senate at a time it seems that law makers were most often able to negotiate through their differences to get things done. I do wonder if a man of Glenn’s quiet temperament would survive in the political environment we live in today. That’s the way I see it.