Obituary: Bill Dana

Comedian Bill Dana (b.William Szathmary, 1924) died on June 15. Dana was known for his astronaut routine in the early 1960s in which he claimed to be an astronaut named José Jimenez who was ambivalent about the idea of going into space. The Jimenez character was also interviewed about his other careers, as a baseball player, a judo expert, a politician, an Olympic skier, and other jobs. Bill Dana appeared in the José Jimenez character as one of the actors who popped his head out the window watching Batman and Robin climb a building on Batman.

Obituary: Bill Dana

Astronaut Bill Dana (b.1930) died on May 6. Dana served in the Air Force before joining NASA in 1958. From 1960 through 1962, he was a pilot astronaut in the U.S. Air Force X-20 Dyna-Soar program and eventually flew the X-15 into space in 1966 and 1968, although as a pilot he didn’t receive astronaut wings. NASA eventually gave him his wings in 2005. He remained with NASA in various capacities for several years and is not the comedian of the same name who created astronaut character José Jimenez.