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Comments: BACK FROM THE RANGE RAT REUNION AT JIM IRBY'S SPREAD NEAR HAWTHORNE. I am looking for any information about my dad during this period. THE DISH SITE JUST TO THE SOUTH STILL ACTIVE, WELL MAINTAINED.
My most memorable one was the loss of the Challenger. I am one of Buddy Emard's daughters, following (somewhat) in my father's footsteps.
I ws working one of the consoles in what was then Central Control, and witnessed the explosion on closed circuit TV. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. I have worked at Ascension Radars (1990-1992), Antigua Radar (2006-2010), Patrick Radar (2010-2014), Radar/Command Planner (2014-present).
I'm going to write a story for my web page specifically on the sinking incident. A couple of weeks ago Tom Mc Call RCA/GE/CSR Communications Downrange and Cape Canaveral AFS, Communications Test Operations Analyst passed away. In the comm center where we ran Morse code traffic to other station and ships, did some air traffic control, handled some classified documents and played with Sammy the meanest tom cat that ever lived.
This past Thursday Ron Burke RCA/GE/CSR Communication Ships and Cape Canaveral AFS, Communications Network Operations passed away. My closest friends were Ellis Berger, Ray Kuhlman and Sonny Settles.
Comments: My dad Jack Ledbetter worked for ITT (I think) around 1966 on the Vanguard. THE OLD PAN AM MAILROOM STILL THERE, THO LOOKING UNUSED.I would not trade my experiences and that career for anything, plus still happily married to the same wonderful love of my life. What a privilege to follow after the trail-blazers of the ER space program! Hope the future generations make you as proud of us as we are of you.My best to al the "old range rats" that are still around. The dedication, creativity, adventures, and camaraderie of the pioneers that built the range. Comments: I lived on the Hatchet Bay plantation, Eleuthera in 1961 - 1962.More new cars, cruise ships, and a Margaritaville Caf on the south end. Gerry worked for me at the GBI Weather Station late fifties ,early sixties . He went on to get a college degree , then returned to this area and coached high school football for many years . Comments: I was with Bendix Nasa on ascension 1966 1967. MR Wainwright was island admin and had a lovely daughter Deborah. Celebrating my 50th Ann of arrivaland establishment of Ascension Hist Soc and Ft. RAF now has base, BBC contracted out, C&W foreign owned, Ascension Is Government operational a coupe of years and yes, Ascension now has it's own flag would you believe.
Staying in Georgetown this visit and hope to have Wi Fi conn. Doug Comments: My good friend and old range rat Jim Velia passed this week.
On Antigua, I worked with the computer programmer Preston Mullen who piqued my interest in Computer Science and I ended up using the GI Bill to get a BS and MS in Computer Science, later working in Silicon Valley for IBM and HP. I definitely enjoyed the people and work that I was involved in with RCA, Pan Am.===============================Gary originally put this in the Guest Book on by misteak, and I'm moving it over to the Range Rat Sign-In Book where it really belongs. Shopmates included George Jones, George Alban,and many others whom I can't recall. HEY, AIN'T TOO EARLY TO BE MAKING PLANS FOR ATTENDING IRBY'S RR BASH. Comments: I was hired by RCA for the Apollo project and assigned to the Vanguard; but when RCA lost the Apollo project I was transferred to the ARIS ship USNS H. Arnold and I was on it from 1965 to 1967 when I transfer to Grand Turk. TDY duty: GBI, pad 17, Timing Shop, Twin Falls Victory, Coastal Sentry, Antigua. Discovered the Pacific Northwest when the Vandy had an extended port period in Portland, Oregon. I retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2001.