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

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

May l3, 2003     GRAA Regular Luncheon - ll:30 am - RecCenter - Pls call 30l-937-7762 for reservations --
                          Guest Speaker: Bill Davenport, GSFC Retiree - Author of Mystery Novel "Dragons Die at Dawn" -                           Published as a Print On Demand (POD) Book l2/2000 (Will Discuss and Answer Questions Based on                           Personal Experience w/POD Publishing) *See Dr. Pieper's Comments Below.
May l5, 2003     l2th Annual Spring Crafts Fair - RESCHEDULED - l0 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Bldg 8 Auditorium - GEWA                           sponsored - all items are handmade by employees and friends -- chocolates, silk flowers, wood                           pens/pencils, bead & gemstone jewelry, African-American and American folk art, baskets, clay                           boxes/figures, quilts and crochet, stained glass, dolls, ceramics and more! Please come browse-we're                           sure you will find some great one-of-a-kind gifts or something special to enhance your home -                           (Rescheduled from April l6th due to Bldg. 8 flooding)
June l0, 2003      GRAA Regular Luncheon - ll:30 am - RecCenter - Pls call Alberta 30l-937-7762 for reservations.*
July 8, 2003        GRAA Regular Luncheon - ll:30 am - RecCenter - Pls call Alberta 30l-937-7762 for reservations
                           We will host the students attending the NASA Academy Institute.
July 9-2l, 2003    THAILAND - New Year Festival - If interested Pls Call GEWA - 30l-286-8565.
Sep.25-29,2003 BRANSON, MO - 5 DAYS - This is a "GO"-40 seats available call Alberta 30l-937-7762 for details.                           Cost $820 per person, RT air, bus, 6 shows, breakfast and dinners, tips, 4 nights motel
Oct.l0-l2, 2003  NACA Reunion - Cleveland, OH - If interested, pls contact Marty Eiband, GRAA Member, ASAP                           -30l-474-7683. (Details were included in April's GRAA Newsletter)
Oct.26-Nov       Switzerland/France/Italy/Austria/Munich (Germany) - $2409 pp (Includes air transportation, tour                           director, hotels, hotel service charges, tips, baggage handling, local taxes, motor coach, etc.)A $300                           deposit due now - Final payment due 7/l5/03 - Call Pat GEWA Store 30l-286-8565 -
Dec. 9, 2003      LANCASTER, PA - One-Day Bus Trip - Shopping/Christmas 2003 at American Music Theater, Back                           Stage Tour, Tips, Round Trip Bus Fare - $75.00 Per Person - Pls call 30l-937-7762 for reservations.

COMMENTS FROM GRAA'S PRESIDENT, DR. PIEPER: Even though it did not get publicized, in April we did have a good scientific colloquium type talk by Dr. Ed Wollack of the Intrared Astrophysics Branch of the Center's Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics. Ed has been at Goddard since l998 working on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy (WMAP), the successor to the COBE project that many of us worked on. WMAP was launched in June 200l and its results have been spectacular. It was a highly informative and enjoyable presentation with outstanding visuals.
Next month's speaker is a GSFC retiree, Bill Davenport. Bill has written a mystery novel, "Dragons Die at Dawn" which was published as a print-on-demand (POD) book in December, 2000. Bill will talk about his experience with POD publishing.
Following last month's election of the GRAA Board, officers for the next two years have been selected as follows: President, George Pieper; Vice President, Ron Browning; Treasurer. Bob Wigand; Board Members: Dick Baker, Charlie Boyle, Barbara Hamilton and Bob Morrissey.

TREASURER'S REPORT; Donations were received from Mary Watts, Barbara and George Pieper, Bob and Lucy Bourdeau, Sam Tarlton and H. K. Lee.

MAIL STUFFERS FOR APRIL George Abid, Rose McChesney, William Shields, Hugh O'Donnell, Bob Wigand, Marge Gustafson, Agnes R. Smith and Mary and Bob Wilson.

ROAD CLEANUP: Hugh O'Donnell, Ewald Schmidt, Ron Browning, Kathy Jarva, Marty Eiband, Bill Shields and Bob Wigand picked up thirteen bags of trash near Goddard's Gate l3, which later, for security reasons, was used as the entry gate for GRAA's luncheon meeting. Another cleanup will be held after the May meeting.

of Fulton, MD - "Many thanks for the monthly newsletter- Bob had a triple bypass in Feb. 02. Following that in April he contacted Guillian Barre Syndrom (GPS) - GPS is a rare viral disease of the nervous system. It is described in Joseph Heller's book. It took Bob l year and is 99% to full recovery. He put away the cane after using a wheelchair and walker. Physical Rehab helped a lot and with Lucy's loving care and many visits to the nursing home and care at home, he is especially grateful. Sends best wishes and Happy Spring to all. (e-mail address will be added to your address as requested)
TARLTON, MALCOM "SAM" of Selbyville, DE - "Sure enjoys the newsletter - still in Delaware and just celebrated his 85th birthday -- enjoys life and good beach weather".

of Williamsport, MD - died April l7, 2003 at the age of 84. He retired from GSFC after 28 years of service. He was formerly employed by NRL and NOL.
WOLDORF, LEON of Baltimore, MD died in February, 2003. He was a 20-year GSFC employee (l960-l980) - later a contractor. Served as a Section Head, Assistant Branch Head and Office Chief in the Operations Support Computing Division and Manned Flight Support Branch (Codes 500 & 800)
FOLEA, RICHARD of Lusby, MD - died in March 2003.
BAUERNSCHUB, JOHN of Silver Spring, MD - died 0n November 27, 2002. He retired in Jan of 1996 from Code 421.

GRAA MEMBERS: Approval has been received for Luncheon attendees to pass through the Soil Conservation Entrance - however, you must call Alberta at 30l-937-7762 for reservations. You must be on this list and have the newest Retiree ID Badge.

* NOTE: After this May Newsletter went into printing it was learned that because of a conflict in the Rec Center schedule, GRAA's June luncheon meeting will be held the following Tuesday, i.e., on June 17th.