Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 18 15:02:54 UTC 2005

On Sun, 17 Apr 2005, Mullins, Bill wrote:

> Rocketman (n)  OED has 1964 for the single, unhyphenated word ("rocket
> man" goes farther back).  OED SF Project has 1959
> The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959); May 12, 1958; pg. B7

Here's a slightly earlier citation:

1958 _Science_ 25 Apr. 966 [quoting Frederick Winsor, _The Space
Child's Mother Goose_ (1958)]  This is the way the Rocketman rides.

Fred Shapiro

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