My favorite place to visit when I was 4 years old was the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, especially the Hall of Dinosaurs. Following that, I was allowed to watch Allen Shepherd launch into space when I was in first grade in Butte, Montana. We got to go to the third grade classroom to see it on a specially rigged television connection. I watched every space launch and followed the astronaut's adventures up to the shuttle launches. I followed the robotic missions to the moon and Mars. My mother took a geology course and I got to go along. We ... more »
My love affair with space begun by falling in love with Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek. I was enthralled with these shows, so I begun to read and research more about space and space travel and it made space that much more real for me.
When I was 10 I was in 7th grade in San Diego. Schools were overcrowded - at my school, Junior High was mornings, and High School was in afternoons - so I had all my afternoons free. Both my parents worked, and there were no other kids around where I lived. Trying to find a way to spend afternoons, I found the school library, and the first book I tried was Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein. I was captivated for life - Asimov, Bradbury, LeGuin, Clarke, Crichton, and so many others! The one real regret I have (I'm 72 now) ... more »