Space Oddities

Joe Cuhaj

Space Oddities is a 10 part podcast that accompanies author Joe Cuhaj's new book, "Space Oddities: Forgotten Stories of Mankind's Exploration of Space" and tells the unknown, offbeat, and obscure stories of spaceflight, bringing the human side of man’s greatest adventure to life. Sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, but always fascinating, the stories are the lesser known and often forgotten stories of spaceflight. read less

Space Oddities: Episode 9-The Doll, The Great American Hero, and the Lunar Rover
Aug 13 2022
Space Oddities: Episode 9-The Doll, The Great American Hero, and the Lunar Rover
We all know that the first American woman in space was Sally Ride who flew aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, but in the hearts and imaginations of millions of young girls around the world in 1965, the title belonged to another woman, well, she was only a doll, but Astronaut Barbie made girls believe that one day, they could actually fly into space themselves. That same year, the Hasbro toy company introduced their own astronaut – Astronaut GI Joe.  This episode will take a look at the history of both Barbie and GI Joe in space and how Barbie is now a role model for inspiring girls to literally reach to the stars through STEM programs which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  It will also discuss how Astronaut GI Joe helped convince Werhner von Braun and NASA to develop the lunar rover that would be used on the Apollo moon missions. Show Notes:Barbie’s Debut TV Commercial 1959 (Video)A Brief History of Bild Lilli, The Doll Barbie Was Modeled After (Video)1986 Astronaut Barbie Commercial (Video) A Great Barbie Commercial Inspiring Girls That They Can Do Anything, including STEM career (Video) The History of GI Joe (American Experience Webpage) Original 1964 GI Joe Commercial (Video)A Collection of GI Joe Commercials Including Astronaut GI Joe at 3:36 into the Video (Video) The OTHER Mattel Astronaut: The Classic Major Matt Mason From (Video) The First Major Matt Mason Commercial (Video)
Space Oddities: Episode 5-Sputniks and Mutniks
Jun 19 2022
Space Oddities: Episode 5-Sputniks and Mutniks
Episode 5 of our Space Oddities Podcast is definitely my favorite. On this episode, we will introduce you to a few recordings that paid homage to our early space program in the late 50s / early 60s. Show Notes Here are twenty additional songs from our early days in space for you to check out. They are in no particular order:1. Telstar – The Tornadoes2. The Epic Ride of John Glenn – Walter BrennanWalter Brennan was best known as Grandpa Amos McCoy in the 1950s sitcom, “The Real McCoys.” This single was the “B” side of his hit country single, “Old Rivers” that topped the chart at #5.3. Ballad of John Glenn – Roy West and Bashful 4. Sputniks and Mutniks – Ray Anderson and the Home Folks5. Satellite Baby – Roosevelt “Honeydripper” Sykes6. Sputnik (Satellite Girl) – Jerry Engler and the EkkosJerry Engler wrote this Rockabilly song one day during a lunch break. It received moderate air play, enough that Engler and the Ekkos were invited to open for Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Holly's last guitar riffs before his death were heard on some of Engler's later recordings.7. Jim ‘n I, Him ‘n I – New Christi Minstrels8. The Martian Hop – The Ran-DellsThis song went to # 27 on the Black Singles Chart and # 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1963.9.  Destination Moon – Dinah Washington10. Fly Me to the Moon – Joe Harnell Reached # 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the Billboard Middle of the Road chart11. Guided Missile – Cuff Links 12. Count Down – Dave “Baby” CortezDave “Baby” Cortez Clowney was best known for his 1959 hit, “The Happy Organ”, which has been recognized as the first pop/rock hit to feature an organ as the lead instrument. Cortez was also the musical director for Little Anthony and the Imperials.13. Happy Blues for John Glenn – Lightnin’ Hopkins14. Planetary Run – Joe Montgomery15. Trip to the Moon – Wesley Reynolds16. Orbit Around the Moon – Joe Meek and the Blue Men17. Rocket to the Moon – Sheldon AllmanSheldon Allman was an actor in the late 50s/early 60s. If you are a child of the 60s you know some of his work. He was did the vocal for the theme of the TV series, “Mr. Ed” and co-wrote the theme of the cartoon series, “George of the Jungle” with co-writer Stan Worth. 18. Everyone’s Gone to the Moon – Jonathan King19. Mister Glenn - Little Willie John20. Werhner Von Braun - Tom Lehrer