Goddard Retirees Alumni Association
P.O. Box 163 Seabrook, MD 20703

December 2003                        http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov              19th Year of Publication


Dec. l0, 2003        NO LUNCHEON - This has been our custom since there are so many activities at the                              RecCenter during December - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Dec. l3, 2003        RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR - New York City, NY - Full                              Course Dinner, R/T motor coach, tips. taxes. gratuities. - $l69 Per Person                              -ONLY ONE TICKET LEFT!!! Bus Departs Visitor Center at 6:30 am and returns                              approximately 11 pm. Call GEWA 30l-286-8498
Dec. l3, 2003       CHILDREN's CHRISTMAS PARTY - Bldg 8 Auditorium - l2 Noon to 5:00 pm - Forms                             available - GEWA Store Bldg l - For more information, pls call GEWA Store - 30l-286-8498
                            (GEWA Special Events (Elves) are needed on Dec. ll to wrap toys etc. to prepare for Party -
                            if interested, pls call Tasha Davis - 30l-286-3243 --
Jan. l3, 2004        GRAA Regular Luncheon - SEE NOTE BELOW- ll:30 am - RecCenter - Pls call Alberta                             30l-937-7762 .
Feb. 2-l3, 2004   Thailand Trip - Sgl $2000 - Dbl $l800.-- $300 Due Now - Balance in 5 payments - Final                            payment Due NLT l2/l3/03 - For further information pls call Pat (GEWA) 30l-286-2349 or                            30l-286-8565.
Feb. l0, 2004      GRAA Regular Luncheon - ll:30 am - RecCenter - Pls call Alberta 30l-937-7762
March 9, 2004    GRAA Regular Luncheon - ll:30 am - RecCenter - Pls call Alberta 30l-937-7762

COMMENTS FROM GRAA'S PRESIDENT, DR. PIEPER: Our GRAA November luncheon featured a very nice power point presentation (we're getting accustomed to them) by Malcolm Niedner, Deputy Senior Project Scientist on the Hubble Space Telescope. Mal talked about recent Hubble results, including the detection of extra-solar-system planets, star clusters in other galaxies, and the apparent slowing down and then a later speeding up in the expansion of the universe. It was mind boggling with amazing pictures.

TREASURER'S REPORT: A donation was received from Henry Hoffman.

MAIL STUFFERS FOR NOVEMBER: Marge Gustafson, Agnes R. Smith. Mary and Bob Wilson, Frank Wrigley, Bill Shields, George Abid, Bob Wigand. Elaine Montgomery, Rose McChesney and Eloise Tarter.

ROAD CLEANUP: Clean-up of the stretch of Good Luck Road along GSFC's eastern boundary and thanks to Bob Wigand, Elaine Montgomery and Harold Maurer this area is less trash cluttered.

REMINDER - GRAA MEMBERS: An updated Membership Directory is being prepared for 2004 - PLS submit any changes to GRAA, P.O. Box l63, Seabrook, MD 20703 NLT January 3l, 2004.

SCHIALDONE, JOHN J of College Park, MD died - retired in 200l after working at Goddard for 35 years.
MAHMOT, JEFFERY of Seabrook, MD - died September 20, 2003.
O'DONNELL, WILLIAM E. of Annapolis, MD - died in February -
SAKAMATO, TOYO of Crofton, MD - died November 5, 2003.

We have arranged a 20% discount price for two books as holiday gifts. Both were written by one of our members, Charles Boyle. One is "Shuttle Rising", a 500-page story of star crossed lovers in a global conspiracy, techno-thriller, science fiction, space adventure. The other book "Tailey Whaley", a children's picture book whose hero is a little whale born with an enormous tail. He is ridiculed and bullied because he is "different". The book is appropriate for kids to age nine. Now in its second printing, it may be pre-read at www.whalebook.com, along with an excerpt from the novel. Both books sell in stores for $l5 plus tax. GRAA's price to our members is $l2 mailed to you and the GRAA treasury receives $3 for each autographed book sold. To make a purchase send checks to GRAA c/o Elaine Montgomery, PO Box l63, Seabrook, MD 20703 or for add'l information, call Elaine at 30l-464-0476.

GEWA EXCHANGE STORE - HOLIDAY ITEMS: - CALL GEWA STORE 30l-286-8498 for more information

Honey Baked Hams/Turkey Breasts/whole Frozen Turkeys (smoked or roasted)/cinnamon walnut cake - Orders must be placed NLT l2/l7/03 - Delivery 12/22/03 - Pickup between l-3 pm at the GEWA Store.

2004 ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS (includes thousands of great savings) - Wash/MD $35 - Wash/VA $35, Baltimore $26 - Other states plus Canada also available. The 2004 books may be used immediately.

Christmas Poinsettia Plants - (MUST BE ORDERED BY l2/l2/03) - 5" pot $6.75; 7" pot (7-l2 blooms) $l6.95, 8" pot (l0-l5 blooms) $28.25. Delivery Thursday l2/l8/03. Pickup Bldg l, GEWA store between l0 - 2 pm.

Selection of Hallmark Christmas boxed cards, ornaments, wrapping paper, tags, gift bags - available at 25% off regular price.

GRAA MEMBERS: Arrangements have been made to admit retirees directly through the Soil Conservation Road entrance for the Luncheons - HOWEVER, YOU MUST HAVE RESERVATIONS AND ID AND/OR YOUR RETIREE PICTURE BADGE - Call Alberta for reservations - 30l-937-7762.

NOTE: In place of a speaker on January 13th, we will recognize George and Barbara Pieper for their years of service to GRAA, and wish them farewell on their move from Annapolis to Jacksonville, FL.. We encourage their many friends to join us!