Lew air 'Thrilled'
Son • an Astronaut
l' he Su.s.sex Bureau HousLon La teU tbem of hisl graduaLed in lbe top 10 01 tbe
L -~: S-Mr. and Mrs. John selection. 1:3,00 in his class. <?n grad':!3'
Freeman said yesterday they "HE WAS JUST thrilled tolgfD kda~. ~~u ~ar~led ~~th
we.e "~flJledll beyond words death," said Mrs. Freeman. h ar 0d Jhor 'F <?:- 9 ey
'thdt theL:' SOIl, l.apt Theodorel"He's been workind for it for ave a aug ter, aJ • •
I' Freeman, was. selected as ,10 or 12 years. & I ON THAT same day, because
ion~ of ' -+ new astronaut, "We're happy too, that he is of his love for 'fl;ying, be chose
tram~b. doing what he wants to do:' to enter .the Air ~orce as a
Bu .Mrs. Freeman had some!said the proud mother. Isecond lieutenant Instead of l
sober thoughts about ~e pros-' Freeman said he was looking contin~ing in the i\'avy. Since
pect of thc·~ 33·yeal·old son,fbI h· .tA_;1 • attendmg the Naval Academy,
gOI.D~, t0 Lh " "If he or a ome or IS .L4UlLJy Inl b . d h' I ;;.... 00.. Houston but did not expect to Fr~eman as. receive .15 mas-
_oP;;., sh: 5.~d, It Will be the settle there until after Christ. t~r 5 d~gree In aeron~utIc~l en·
Lord 5 wIll . mas. The family now lives near gl~e~l'lng at the Umverslty of
The couple live on a farm,Edwards Air Force Base inl~Ilchlgan.
Dear FlVe Points, a c:rossroadSI California. ' Freeman was among 14 can-
just west of Lewes. and yes-I Accoldin~ to his m?ther, .he:didates grad~ated las: March
terday afternoon. !-hey were has been mterested 10 flymg from the AIr Fon-'e s aeroglue?
to the ~elf:vlSlon set forl an bis life. .At 16, when most space school at ~\Vards Air
a glimpse of thelT son. boys gel their dri\'er's Ii. Force Base, Calif., a Dew
A ,3. o'cio k he aBe It m censes. Freeman soloed for breeding ground for astronauts.
his private plane license. The 271 applications for the
new astronaut positions inc1ud-
HE IS. A 1948 graduaLe of ed 26 from the Air Force, 10
Lew~s Higb School and was from the Marine Corps~ 34 from
p~esldent ?f the; student co~n· the Navy, one from the Arm
CIJ there his semor y~ar. While and 200 civilians. includin
there he won letters In football three women. I
Freeman worked at the Reboboth
Ail'porl while attending
He passed the scholarship ex·
amination for entrance to the
U.S. Naval Academy, but Iailed
the dental exam. Forced to wai
a year while his teeth wert~ be
ing straightened, he enrolle
at the University of Delaware.
He enrolled at the Nava
Academy the next fall Hi'
career in Annapolis was eli
maxed in 1953 when he wa