Written by: B.A. Benson Illustrated by: Paul Fanning
This book, published in 1959, is an amusing account of a scriptwriter and his pet parakeets. It offers funny anecdotes as well as tips (some outdated) on the care of budgies. For example, don’t let your budgie fly around loose when having a cocktail party.
Cooper’s favorite part of the book was when Buster, who was thought to be a male, turns out to be a female.
Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. was one of the seven original astronauts inProject Mercury, the first manned space effort by the United States. He was the first American to sleep in orbit, flew the longest spaceflight of the Mercury project, and was the last American to be launched alone into Earth orbit and conduct an entire solo orbital mission.
Was portrayed by Dennis Quaid in The Right Stuff.
Claimed to have seen a UFO (and believed that the government was covering up information about UFOs).