Books were the key for me
Terrance E Gilbert
December 3, 2012
Growing up in northern New York, we had no television until I was 14 years old and very limited at that time. I found my passion for space in the writings of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury and others. I dreamed of being one of the Martians in the Martian Chronicles and read Burroughs' John Carter books twice. I would lay out on summer nights looking at the moon and stars dreaming of bring involved in the space program and amybe even being an early settler on the moon or Mars. When television came along it gave me another place to find support my imagination and yearnings. I was in college when we went to the moon and the Star Trek was launched and I was captured for ever in the quest.
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