Walt Disney started my interest in Space at the age of eleven
November 16, 2016
In 1950, at the age of eleven, Walt Disney's movie "Destination Moon" started my interest in space. Later, as a White Sands Proving Grounds Co-op New Mexico A&M physics major, my interest was further peaked upon seeing Russia's sputnik go overhead every 90 minutes. It was during my first work phase at WSPG my high school typing skills had me typing a hand written paper on the possibility of launching a basketball sized satellite using a Army ballistic missile. When I asked why they had not returned the paper to me for corrections and finalization, I was told it had been classified SECRET and I was not allowed to see it. Duh! Upon graduation and following my military service, again stationed at White Sands Missile Range, I went to work for Lockheed Electronics Company at NASA's Manned Space Center on the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, and Space Shuttle missions for twelve years. Carl Sagan reinforced my interest in space exploration with his Cosmos TV series and I became a Charter Member of The Planetary Society.
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