Goddard Retirees Alumni Association
P.O. Box 163 Seabrook, MD 20703
January 2004 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 20th Year of Publication
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Jan. l3, 2004 GRAA Regular Luncheon - 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
NOTE: The GEWA Store has discounted tickets for the following
Ski Resorts: Liberty, Ski
Roundtop and Whitetail/Windham.
COMMENTS FROM GRAA'S PRESIDENT, DR. PIEPER: Twenty-six years
ago, when I was still running code 600 at
GSFC, Barbara and I built our dream Deck House on two acres of waterfront on Beard's Creek in Edgewater. After eight
more years in the Aerospace Engineering Department of the Naval Academy, and l2 years of retirement, it's time to move
on. We will be downsizing to a duplex house in a retirement community called Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach, a section of the very large (in area) city of Jacksonville, Florida. It's a gated full-scale life care community with assisted living and nursing care if and when needed. Fleet Landing is within easy walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean, so we'll be able to walk, bicycle and surf fish on the beach. It is also close to the St. Johns River and Intracoastal Waterway so I will be keeping my boat in a nearby boatel and be able to fish all year around.
Best of all, we will be close to our daughter Pam and her husband, who
live about twenty miles away on Black Hammock Island, also a part of the
huge city of Jacksonville. Our other daughter and her husband live in North
Acton, Massachusetts, and much as we love them, the choice between Florida
and Massachusetts wasn't hard. Our two grandsons are currently in Bratislava,
Slovakia, and Portland, Oregon, respectively, so we won't be much farther
from them than we are now.
So, as of approximately February l, 2004, our new address will be 54l3 Capella Court, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. We'll have a new phone number - to be determined, and expect that our e-mail addresses will remain as they are: GFPieper@comsat.net and BFPieper@comsat.net
I have very much enjoyed my role in the GRAA for the last several years. You are a great group to whom the US space program owes much. I especially want to thank Elaine Montgomery, Alberta Moran, Bob Wigand, Bob Wilson, Barney Hoyt, and all others who have kept things running smoothly. Ron Browning, who will be taking over as president, and board members Dick Baker, Charlie Boyle, Barbara Hamilton, Bob Morrissey and Bob Wigand will do a good job for you in the future. Best regards to all from (soon to be) sunny Florida where I will read the GRAA newsletter with great interest.
TREASURER's REPORT: Donations were received from Alton and Mary
Jones, John C. Moody, Paul Reising, Joe Fedor,
Wilma MacDonald., Henry Doong, E., H.H. Dickson, Robert Eaves, John P. Callan and Angelo and Virginia Ramirez.
GOTTLIEB, Jack J., of Daytona Beach, Florida died on November 16, 2003.
VALLEE, Thomas F., of Laurel, MD died June 6, 2003.
KENNEY, William D., Sr., of Odenton, MD died November 25, 2003 - had over 30 years with NASA.
YIENGER, Joseph A., of Columbia, MD died December 2, 2003.
LETTERS WE GET LETTERS!!!
JONES, Alton E. of Alamogordo, NM - "Appreciates receiving the Goddard News - sends thanks to all the stuffers."
EAVES, Robert of McCamey, TX - sends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all - left NASA almost 30 years ago - worked thru Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab - wouldn't trade anything for the experience and friends he made - still active in ranching business - (Tel. No. noted to be added to Directory)
CALLAN, John P., of Cocoa Beach, FL - sends Merry Christmas greetings to all especially the hard workers that keep GRAA going - asks that a prayer be said for a safe return of their daughter, Lt. Col. Maureen Cantwell, in Kabul, Afghanistan til March. (He mentioned that she always enjoyed the Children's Christmas Party) - Good Luck for the New Year
MACDONALD, Wilma R. - "After l8 years of living on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, decided to make a change of
scenery and moved to the mountains - (New address noted - Charles Town, WV)"
STUDENICK, David K. of The Villages, FL - "moved to Florida in October - still getting resettled - would appreciate hearing from some old acquaintances - E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org - phone service & computer connections have been a nightmare but believes it has finally straightened out - sends new address"
MOODY, John C. of Blackstone, VA - "Thanks for keeping us appraised of the whereabouts of fellow alumni and the activities of GRAA and Goddard - is enjoying life on the farm and the family including eight grand kids - is active in the County (Dinwiddie) Historical Society)
ITEM OF INTEREST!!!
At the next GRAA luncheon (l/l3) there will be a display illustrating the l00th anniversary of Manned Flight and/or from walking on earth to walking on the moon in the same century. Posters/materials, etc. provided by GRAA member Marty Eiband from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Reunion held at the Glenn Res. Center in Cleveland, Ohio - October 9-l2, 2003. Some handouts will be available.
RETIREMENT DINNER PARTY - INVITATION - THOMAS L. CLINE
Tuesday - February 24, 2004 Pls call Pamela Levell for reservations - COST: $20.00 ----
4:30 pm - til ? REC CENTER Code 662 - Tel. #30l-286-9662.
CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER: GSFC RETIRED ENGINEERS - ALL WORKED FOR THE
MANNED SPACE FLIGHT DIRECTORATE ON PROJECTS GEMINI & APOLLO - (PICTURE
TAKEN l2/11) LEFT TO RIGHT: EMIL KIRWAN, DENNIS MCGINLEY, THOMAS UNDERWOOD,
RICHARD TAGLER, STRAT LAIOS, ROB OWEN, ED WILLIS, LES WENTZ, CURT SCHROEDER,
DANNY DALTON (hidden), CAROL DUDLEY, ROB ORFF, RAY HIBBS, BILL DEWELL AND
BARNEY'S SUPERBOWL PARTY - REC CENTER - SUNDAY FEB. l, 2004 - $40.00
STEAK DINNER/POOL/OPEN BAR/TV --CALL ALBERTA FOR RESERVATIONS - 30l-972-7762
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 AN ID AND/OR YOUR RETIREE PICTURE BADGE - Call Alberta for reservations - 30l-937-7762.