DECEMBER 2006 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 22nd Year of Publication
There will be no GRAA Luncheon due to the many holiday-related activities throughout December.
January 9, 2007
Mark your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Paul Newman will be speaking about the latest findings related to the changing size of the hole in the ozone layer. A gifted and popular speaker, he is assigned to the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch of the Laboratory for Atmospheres (Code 613).
February 4, 2007
Barney Hoyt is again
hosting his “annual” Super Bowl Party at the Barney and
June 24, 2007
GRAA Travel has a trip planned from
COMMENTS FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT: Discussions at our November luncheon, our last meeting of 2006, focused on two subjects. First and foremost was the loss of financial support from Goddard for mailing our monthly newsletter along with copies of Goddard View. At this time, we have not yet been able to find a long-term solution to the budget crunch. Dialogue is ongoing with Goddard management representatives to determine if the loss of financial support can possibly be reversed or to what level of assistance the Center might be amenable to provide. In the meantime, we are looking seriously at expanding the use of e-mail and/or our web site to distribute our newsletter to a large portion of the membership. If your e-mail address is not included in the April 2006 Membership Directory, we ask that you furnish it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. The use of e-mail will dramatically reduce the cost of postage, but understand that we are hopeful that we will be able to continue mailing the newsletter to members without access to e-mail or the Internet. I want to thank all members who have encouraged us to continue publishing the newsletter, noted how much they have enjoyed the newsletter, sent in donations, and offered good suggestions in response to this issue. Although changes are obviously in the offing, we currently expect that the January newsletter will be distributed to all members.
second subject discussed at the luncheon addressed using on-demand printing for
self-publishing and marketing your books.
Two of our members, both published authors, described the joys and
perils of self-publishing. Charlie Boyle
provided us with an understanding of how the process works from manuscript
submittal to having the finished product ready for sale. He described his visits to digital printing
firms in the
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports that donations were received from the following members: Earl Angulo, Jim Costrell, Bob Cummings, Patricia Flatley, Reginald Ford, Alton Jones, John Lyons, Charlie Marcus, Ivan Mason, Andy Mazurick, Ralph Mollerick, Carmie Peavler, Lib Rogers, Tom Ryan, and Margie Townsend.
ENVELOPE STUFFERS FOR OCTOBER: Envelope stuffers for the November issue were Sandy Buffalano, Marj Gallagher, Jackie Gasch, Marge Gustafson, Barbara Hamilton, Aleta Johnson, Rose McChesney, Elaine Montgomery, Dave Moulton, Bill Shields, Eloise Tarter, Bob Wigand, and Frank Wrigley.
E-MAIL ADDRESS UPDATES: John F. Cook (Jnjcook@verizon.net); Saj Durrani (email@example.com); Peter O’Neill (firstname.lastname@example.org); and Robert Warren (email@example.com).
GRAA NEWSLETTER MAILINGS: Given our current financial situation, if you no longer wish to receive GRAA mailings, please forward a note to our Seabrook address or an e-mail to Dave Moulton at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have moved or want to correct the address on your mailing label, write to our Seabrook address or send an e-mail to Strat Laios at email@example.com.
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER:
December 15, 1964: Scout
launched San Marco I (also known as San Marco-A) from
§ December 11, 1972: Delta launched NIMBUS V, a weather satellite designed to continue research, development and testing of new meteorological sensors, systems and systems configurations to measure atmospheric temperature, water vapor and ozone. The sensors, which could be used in operational weather analysis and prediction, were to be added to the NOAA operational weather satellite program.
§ December 2, 1990: The Shuttle Columbia flew the Broad Band X-ray Telescope (BBXRT) designed by Goddard’s Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics. It was the first focusing X-ray telescope operating over a broad energy range with moderate energy resolution.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
Burton N. Kelbaugh, of
Malcolm J. “Sam” Tarlton, of
YET ANOTHER GSFC RETIREE
MEDALS IN THE
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS:
§ Earl Angulo wrote, “I greatly enjoy the GRAA Newsletter. I especially enjoy the archives, since I go way back to 1959. A small donation is enclosed. I am sorry to let you all know that in October I lost my wife, Jan, of 53 years. We had so many fond memories of GSFC and saw many launches together back in the good old days.”
§ Jim Costrell wrote, “Hope the enclosed check helps a little with the budget crunch.”
§ Bob Cummings wrote, “Thanks for the great newsletter! Life here on the Delmarva coast is great. Enclosed is a small contribution to help cover some of the costs. Perhaps a small freewill donation from each recipient would help.”
§ Pat Flatley wrote, “ Thank you for the continued mailings of the newsletter.”
§ Reginald Ford (husband of late member Elsie Ford) wrote, “I have been receiving the monthly newsletter since my wife passed away in 2002. Enclosed is a check to help keep your service going.”
§ Alton Jones wrote, “This [enclosed check] should help with the mailing fees.”
§ Ivan Mason wrote, “I enjoy the GRAA Newsletter and Goddard View very much and would be very disappointed if we could no longer receive them. Enclosed is a donation to GRAA in appreciation to all the dedicated people who have been and continue to be involved in preparing the mailings. Even though I retired in 1989, I am very interested in events at Goddard and NASA. I hope the GRAA can continue with the mailings.”
Ralph Mollerick wrote, “I have admired all the volunteering work that is reported in
the GRAA Newsletter. News of the
newsletter being in difficult budgetary times is disturbing to me. I do hope that it is solvable and that this
informative publication to retirees will continue. My wife and I are enjoying sunny
§ Carmie Peavler (wife of late member Bob Peavler) wrote, “I just received your retiree newsletter and wanted to let you know I enjoy getting it and am making a donation to cover postage.”
§ Tom Ryan wrote, “Enclosed is a check that may help with the budget crunch. I really enjoy the monthly newsletter and hope you can keep those ‘cards and letters’ coming.”
§ Margie Townsend wrote, “I would really hate to see the GRAA Newsletter disappear and am enclosing a check to help avoid such a calamity. Good luck with your endeavors to keep this communication alive and well.”
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If interested in a honey baked ham or turkey for the holidays, contact the GEWA Exchange Store (301-286-8498) for ordering information.
Although there are limited quantities, if you act fast you may be able to receive a free copy of Goddard’s 40th Anniversary Cookbook with the purchase of at least $10.00 in store products.
Shop early at the GEWA Exchange Store (Monday mornings before 11:00 a.m.) and receive a discount of 10% on all purchases. Remember that GEWA does not tax your purchases.
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