I knew it! With the anniversary coming up on the 16th it is nice to see our contribution recalled.
Bacon â known as Tom to his friends and acquaintances â was typically modest when asked about his vital contribution, and he directed the congratulations and plaudits to the engineers of Pratt & Whitney. However, Richard Nixon, Kennedy's successor, was forthright in his appreciation for what Bacon had done. During a meeting between the two, Nixon put his arm around the Englishman's shoulders and admitted: "Without you, Tom, we wouldn't have gotten to the Moon."