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The look-a-like hometown heroes

Published: March 28, 2012 8:06 AM
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This picture was taken in 1962 during John Glenns triumphant return to New Concord after launching into outerspace. However, this picture is a farce. Its actually a group of Mace Club fraternity brothers from Muskingum College in New Concord playing the parts of John Glenn (portrayed by Dan Nixon, a Muskie football man who had short hair and a John Glenn look-a-like), Jim McBane (who had a late model Chevy convertible who drove the car), Peter C. Weaver (who served as the Annie Glenn look-a-like), and Clarence Ogeltree (Mace brother and front seat passenger). They were able to maneuver themselves down in front of the parade route, in front of John Glenn, and come up the street in front of some 50,000 onlookers as they portrayed New Concords hometown hero and his wife, Annie. The homecoming parade was March 3, 1962, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of that event. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the Muskingum College Class of 1962 who played the prank on the town. No one was hurt and an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper escorted the convertible off the parade route. It was all in good fun.

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