‘The Right Stuff’ Fact Check: Did Alan Shepard’s Wife Change Her Niece’s Name?

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‘The Right Stuff’ Fact Check: Did Alan Shepard’s Wife Change Her Niece’s Name?
If you thought the “Right Stuff” storyline where Alan Shepard’s wife Louise changed her niece’s name to “Martha” seemed a bit far-fetched — even for a TV show — then you might want to sit down for this one.

In Episode 4, titled “Advent,” Shepard (played by Jake McDorman in the Disney+ series) and his wife Louise (Shannon Lucio) have her niece, Judith, come to live with them in December 1959 after Louise’s sister passes away. When Shepard comes home at Christmas and is talking about the new addition to the family, Louise corrects him on the use of “Judith,” saying they are going to rename her Martha, because Judith “sounds too much” like Julie, the name of one of their daughters.

Later, Alan’s parents come over for Christmas dinner, and his father, Alan Sr., a stern Army man, is having none of this renaming stuff. He mocks his son
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