(Springfield, IL.) The Lincoln Academy of Illinois thinks April 11th is the perfect date for the release of its The Lincoln Laureates podcast series’ inaugural season episode with award-winning broadcast journalist Mort Crim’s conversing with astronaut and Lincoln Laureate, Capt. James Lovell Jr. Afterall, April 11th marks the 51st anniversary of the historic launch of the Apollo 13 manned mission to the moon that Lovell Jr. commanded.
The episode finds the Apollo13 Commander suggesting that their historic mission was not one crisis, but rather one of many.
“I think a lot of success is through life experiences,” suggests Laureate Lovell Jr. “Hopefully we can have education teach people to anticipate problems, to think clearly, and take other people’s opinions and then come up with the proper merger, the proper ideas, to continue forward.”
Scheduled as the seventh mission in NASA’s Apollo program, Apollo 13 was to be the third manned Apollo mission expected to land on the moon but ended in near disaster when an oxygen tank in Apollo’s Service Module failed two days into the mission. The crew safely returned to earth on April 17th.
Lovell Jr. was named a Lincoln Laureate upon receiving Illinois’ prestigious Order of Lincoln Award in 2012. Established in 1964 by (then) Governor Otto Kerner, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois is a statewide organization created to recognize and honor those leaders who have contributed to the “Betterment of Humanity.” The Lincoln Laureates podcast series was specifically created to showcase these remarkable individuals.
Thus far, the podcast series has released inaugural season episodes with George Will, Bill Kurtis, Emily Bear, and Sheila Crump Johnson. Later this summer, the Academy will release its episode with baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.
Promoted across the Lincoln Academy of Illinois’ social channels – Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram and LinkedIn and on the Lincoln Academy website, The Lincoln Laureates podcast is available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher, with streaming available through the TuneIn App and via voice command.
Visit thelincolnacademyofillinois.org/podcast to listen to previous episodes and subscribe to future episodes.