The narrator says, "The silver wings that would carry Gene Kranz aloft were born not of laughter, but fire." This is a reference to the famous poem "High Flight" by RCAF pilot John Gillespie Magee; the poem's first lines are, "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings." See more
I was trying to build up a herd of heifers, 'cause I thought I wanted to be a rancher. A friend says, "Why don't you send in an application?" So the next thing I knew, they didn't even grant me an interview, they sent me a job offer, for more money than a country boy had ever seen by the way. I'll never forget what it was, it was 67 70. 6770 dollars a year.