Monday, August 15, 2011

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

One of the first things a good PR person learns is “appearances can be deceiving.” That’s why we spend so much time “digging” beneath the stories our clients (and their adversaries!) tell us. It’s why — if we’re good at what we do — we never take anything at face value.

Well, how about this picture? Who do you think these people are? Do you recognize them?

In fact, these are the seven original Mercury astronauts.

The photo was taken in 1960, while they were undergoing survival training at Stead Air Force Base. The purpose was to prepare the astronauts for a possible emergency landing in a remote area. During training, they all grew beards and used parachute material to fashion parts of their clothing.

Pictured from left to right are: L. Gordon Cooper, M. Scott Carpenter, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Virgil I. Grissom, Walter Schirra and Donald K. Slayton. Here’s how we’re more accustomed to think of them.

Via Neatorama.

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