JANUARY 2007 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 23rd Year of Publication
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).
Reservations are required, so please call
Barney Hoyt is again
hosting his “annual” Super Bowl Party at the Barney and
Mark your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
GRAA Travel has a trip
COMMENTS FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT: Discussions at our November luncheon, our last meeting of 2006, focused on two subjects. First and foremost was notification of the loss of financial support from Goddard for mailing our monthly newsletter along with copies of the Goddard View. Since the luncheon, problems encountered in getting the monthly newsletter distributed to our nearly 2,500 retirees and alumni have dominated the agenda of the GRAA Board of Directors. Although we were unable to mail the December issue, it was posted on our web site (http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov). We have initiated the following actions in an effort to develop a more permanent solution: 1) appealing to GSFC management for continuation of printing and labeling support with GRAA paying postage; 2) establishing a mechanism for collecting and maintaining e-mail addresses; 3) applying to the US Postal Service for bulk mail rates; and 4) applying to the IRS for tax-exempt status, which would make larger donations more feasible. These actions are intended to maintain the GRAA Newsletter as a viable communication link to all of you, whether you use e-mail or regular mail. I can tell from the very positive comments and donations we have recently received that the GRAA Newsletter is important to you. You can assist us by furnishing your current e-mail address to Strat Laios at email@example.com if it is not included in the April 2006 Membership Directory or you have not submitted it since the directory was published. In fairness to Goddard, they are facing severe budget constraints that have been exacerbated by Congressional inaction on the FY 2007 appropriation bills for NASA and most other agencies. It appears likely that this year’s continuing resolution will last several months longer than has been the norm in past years.
second subject discussed at the November luncheon addressed using on-demand
printing for self-publishing and marketing 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 recently received from the following members: Earl Angulo, Jim Costrell, Bob Cummings, Patricia Flatley, Reginald Ford, Jim Heppner, Alton Jones, John Lyons, Charlie Marcus, Ivan Mason, Andy Mazurick, Ralph Mollerick, Carmie Peavler, Lib Rogers, Tom Ryan, and Margie Townsend.
ENVELOPE STUFFERS FOR NOVEMBER: 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org); Peter O’Neill (email@example.com); and Robert Warren (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GRAA NEWSLETTER MAILINGS: Given the current budget 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
Burton N. Kelbaugh, of
Malcolm J. “Sam” Tarlton, of
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN DECEMBER OR JANUARY:
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.
§ January 22, 1969: Delta launched the Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO) V or 5 as a continuation of the OSO program to study the Sun’s x-rays, gamma rays, and radio emissions.
§ January 23, 1970: Delta launched the Improved TIROS (Television and Infrared Observation Satellite) Operational Satellite 1 (also known as TIROS-M), which was the prototype spacecraft for the second generation of operational sun-synchronous meteorological spacecraft. The primary objective of ITOS 1 was to provide improved operational infrared and visual observations of earth cloud cover for use in weather analysis and forecasting.
§ January 13, 1993: The Shuttle Endeavour launched the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) F, the fifth successful launch in the TDRS series. TDRS-F was used in combination with other TDRS spacecraft and a ground communications system to form the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, the objective of which was to provide and maintain improved tracking and data acquisition service to spacecraft in low-Earth orbit.
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.”
YET ANOTHER GSFC RETIREE
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