Day: July 1, 2013

“The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story” by Lily Koppel

“The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story” by Lily Koppel c.2013, Grand Central Publishing $28.00 / $31.00 Canada 288 pages   You’d pack your bags in a heartbeat. Yep, if they ever come up with a commuter bus to outer space, you’ll be first in line for tickets. And why not? You’ve grown up with the Space Race, men on the moon, footage of weightless astronauts, and fascinating experiments. You’d go to the moon in a minute, but it’s not possible yet. And in the new book “The Astronaut Wives Club” by Lily Koppel, you’ll see that, for the spouses of spacemen, it wasn’t possible 50 years ago, either. Out of 110 test pilots that spring of 1959, just seven made the cut. The seven were chosen, not for their brains (although they were highly intelligent men) but for their stature: NASA required that Mercury astronauts be healthy, strong… and shorter than 5’8”, or they wouldn’t fit into the space capsules. The seven women married to the Mercury astronauts weren’t chosen, yet they were immersed in the Mercury program as if they’d been hired, too. NASA strongly suggested that the women get up at 5am to cook their men a hearty breakfast, and insisted that spacemen endure no stress before all space activities. No family bickering, no checkbook woes, kid problems, or accusations of cheating. And there was a...

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A family affair at JC’s Pizzaria

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When Jim Campbell opened JC’s Pizzaria, he didn’t know much about the pizza business. Evidently, he learned something along the way. JC’s, located at 4200 River Road N, is celebrating its 30th anniversary on July 1. The family-run pizza joint is having a 30 percent off sale July 1 to 4. “I’m totally amazed,” Jim said of reaching 30 years. “I knew nothing about the pizza business.” Dave Walery, who opened Walery’s Premium Pizza in Salem around the same time, helped Jim get his place going. Soon, the two had a friendly battle going. “We started the local pizza wars,” Jim said with a wide grin. “It was February 1984. We had a $3.99 pizza.” There have been changes over the years, such the door off Cherry Avenue being closed off, new floors and lighting, plus chicken and the salad bar no longer being offered. Jim said the key to 30 years in business is simple. “Good product, good price and hard work,” he said. In Jim’s case, having family help out has also been a key. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 28 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the...

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Rawlins questions LID amount

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Linda Rawlins recalled her family getting the bill. During a hearing with the Oregon State Legislature House Committee on Land Use June 20, Rawlins talked about the Local Improvement District (LID) fee put on her family’s 16 acres in Keizer Station by the City of Keizer in May 2005. The family’s two properties had an LID bill of $6 million. “We just had a heart attack,” Rawlins said. “We didn’t know what it was. We just got really scared. We didn’t know what to do. We hired a lawyer and went to the next city council meeting on May 4. We had never had negotiations with the city to that point to have an LID. They said at the meeting there was a deal on the table for us to have an LID. We had no idea what they were talking about.” To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 28 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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