Ohio delegation wants John Glenn on Wheaties box
May 23, 1998
Web posted at: 1:52 p.m. EDT (1752 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Members of the Ohio Congressional
delegation have written a letter to General Mills asking the
company to consider making Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, the
first non-athlete to be on the cover of a Wheaties box.
While acknowledging the 76-year-old Glenn technically is not
an athlete, his colleagues said he had to "meet or exceed
every physical and mental requirement of astronauts half his
age" to qualify for his October space flight.
Asking General Mills to consider "bending tradition", the
letter said Glenn has the "heart, dedication and mental and
physical toughness of the best conditioned athletes in the