Saturday, May 31, 2014
Reflections on my childhood
Like most young boys of the 50's and 60's I was enamoured with space travel. I wanted to be an astronaught. In Asbury, in my speech class I used the Shuttle Manual I had to deliver a speech on how use the shuttle galley(complete with a working carboard model of it that I made and wearing a lab coat I bought and Shuttle patches sown onto it. Above me right now on my wall is a patch I got from one of the shuttle ground crew. When I worked for Airport Security in the TSA in Colorado She came through and I had the luck to be the one screening her. She worked on "STS 107" The ill fated final mission of the shuttle Columbia. I remember both lost Shuttles vivdly. A tragedy, all the losses that NASA suffered, to be sure. But, what sticks in my head is that we as a nation mourned for them, picked up the pieces, figured out what went wrong and kept going up there.
While I did not go to work for NASA - in one form or another my interest for it helped me reach some of the successes I have gotten. We all have something that catches our interests early in life. For those who have little kids - encourage those interest (just as MY parents did). It may go nowhere but it will still help shape them as they grow. So Live Long and Prosper ....