I can't speak for RAH, of course, but he and I are pretty close in age so we may have similar perspectives. Those of us who grew up in the late fifties and sixties sat on the edges of our seats every time we watched a space launch on television. Each manned launch was front-page news, from Alan Shepard to John Glenn to the first moon landing. I was in seventh grade when Alan Shepard was launched into space. The teacher interrupted class and turned on the radio, and we sat holding our collective breaths until Shepard safely returned to Earth. NASA's success ironically led to many Americans becoming complacent and even indifferent about space exploration. The Right Stuff allows us to relive the excitement and uncertainty and hopefulness that existed during the early days of the space program. I have no idea how old you are, but my memories of following the progress of the space program is one reason why I hold The Right Stuff in high regard.