Dear Editor:

I’ve long been a space enthusiast. It probably began when my father took me out in our front yard one night when I was 7 years old. He showed me the Big Dipper and the North Star. Then he paused, found what he had been looking for, and pointed out one “star” that was slowly moving. I wasn’t quite sure I saw the right one. He told me it was America’s first satellite (Explorer 1), and he said I should remember the date: Jan. 31, 1958. (I did remember the date, but I forgot the year until I looked it up much later.) I avidly followed the astronaut flights. In 1968–69, I saved many books and magazines about NASA going to the moon. The magazines are a little beat up, but 50 years later, I still have them. From 1993 until I retired in 2011, I worked as a software engineer at NASA/Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I’m sorry my dad didn’t live to see me working at JPL! — Rodney Hoffman ’72

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
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“A Guide to Life After Rice”
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