Friday, May 21, 2010

one small step...

Besides my stash job as a computer geek, we are sometimes "volun-told" to do other little jobs. The other day I was called to set up for a symposium and banquet at the Naval Aviation Museum where there were some distinguished guests. Above and beyond the Admirals that were there, Neil Armstrong was a guest and speaker. Not only do I share an alma mater with the first man to step foot on the moon, but also the last man to do so; Gene Cernan of Purdue commanded Apollo 17. Both were there that night.

I know many aviation/space buffs would give anything to get the chance to meet and talk to not just any Apollo astronauts, but the most famous of them all. They each were extremely accommodating to take time to talk with me and a group of other students who were only supposed to be working behind the scenes at the dinner. It was an honor and very inspiring to meet these former Naval Aviators at this early point in my career. After they told stories of their time in flight school and flying in the Navy, my friend and I, also a Purdue alum, made sure to mention the university where we recently graduated. With a hand shake to say goodbye and thanks, Neil Armstrong told me to "Boiler Up," a motivating chant unique to Purdue...


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