BY JOHN BALL
THERE WAS JUST ABOUT one chance in a million that young Dick Simmons could win a place in the Spacemaster Project, but it was the chance he wanted to take more than he had ever wanted anything in his life. It changed his whole life, made a new person of him. How he studied, trained, and dedicated himself to the greatest of the American projects for adventuring into space is the story of SPACEMASTER I. It shows how one boy overcame odds a million to one against him. All of the details of testing and training programs in this story are based on real-life situations. This is the second boys' book by the Director of Public Relations of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences; his first was OPERATION SPRINGBOARD.
(From the dust jacket) JOHN BALL, JR., has led a double life, giving half of his time to flying and half to writing. As a youngster, he washed airplanes for barnstorming pilots in order to learn about aviation and get an occasional ride. In later years, a ground and flight instructor for Pan American World Airways, he lost track of the number of times he crossed the Atlantic. He was a commercial pilot, a member of the editorial staff of Fortune, music editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, assistant curator of the Hayden Planetarium, and a columnist on the New York World-Telegram and Sun, before he combined his two careers in his present job as Director of Public Relations of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. Mr. Ball has written many articles, stories, and books. His previous book for boys was OPERATION SPRINGBOARD, which drew on the experience acquired in both phases of his dual life, as does SPACEMASTER 1.