U.S. Astronaut Love Triangle

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This story first appeared in the newspapers and on TV news on or about Monday, February 5, 2007. Below is my blog entry comment which was published "on-line" on a local newspaper website. Blog entries are not published in the newspaper itself.
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What do you think about the story about the astronaut charged with attempted murder?

From AP:

She was the Robochick. He was Billy-O. According to police, her obsession with him led her to drive 900 miles from Houston to Orlando, bringing with her a trenchcoat and wig, armed with a BB gun and pepper spray, and wearing a diaper to avoid bathroom breaks on the arduous drive.

Once in Florida, Lisa “Robochick” Nowak apparently confronted the woman she believed was her rival for the affections of William “Billy-O” Oefelein. And this tawdry love triangle has one more twist — it involves two astronauts.
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There is a lesson here for all to learn and from which to benefit. If learning such a lesson could help all to avoid such disasters in their own lives. Now and in the future.

The most reprehensible reaction to this tragic and nearly deadly incident has been the behavior of "late night" talk show hosts to lampoon it. This situation is being "played for laughs" with snide and sarcastic remarks which are totally inappropriate and distasteful. Most especially, when the focus is on the deranged and potentially deathly behavior of someone suffering with mental illness.

Submitted: February 10, 2007

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This incident serves to show just how vulnerable anyone may be to being overtaken by mental illness.  And at any time, during their lifetime.

Increasing the stress on one’s self, by inappropriate behavior (in this case: marital infidelity), can help cause the onset.  Not everyone can be a cold-blooded sophisticate, lacking the emotional vulnerabilities of the normal human being.  Not that this would be something to which to aspire.

Lisa Nowack is a perfect example of someone, though blessed with the gifts of great intelligence, health, strength and determination, was no different or less vulnerable than any other human being on an emotional level.  Her marriage, husband and children were also great blessings in her life.

While she "victimized" her husband and children, by her infidelity, she too may have been "victimized" by her fellow astronaut.

It always amazes me how, otherwise intelligent, people can do such stupid things by indulging and acting on their fantasies.  With the result of risking and losing everything of value they may possess.  History, most certainly, provides us all with numerous examples.  In the end, one must conclude: We are all human and prone to inferior judgement when we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by our emotions.


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