Monthly Archives: December 2018

FTV: New Year, New Tech

      If you are of a certain age, you probably remember when they used to predict what life would be like in the year 2000.  The list of ‘gee whiz’ things would invariably include flying cars, personal jetpacks, or both. Nobody was predicting wristwatch communication devices (that was a little too Dick Tracey for most […]

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FTV: Badfinger

    The band that could be the next Beatles.  This was never a good way for the press to introduce a band to the world.  It has happened many times over, but it has never quite worked out that way.  The pop band The Cyrcle were introduced on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand as “the band that […]

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FTV: Apollo 8 – Part 2

      In Part 1, we used Robert Kurson’s book ROCKET MEN (Random House 2018) as a reference to examine how NASA stepped away from their normally cautious process of training crews for space missions over an 18 month period.  The idea was to keep ahead of the Russians in the Space Race when intelligence reports […]

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From the Vaults: Apollo 8

      “Are you out of your mind?” he yelled into the phone.  “You’re putting the agency and the whole program at risk!”  The ‘he’ above would be NASA Administrator James E. Webb. On the receiving end of his tirade were his deputy at NASA, Thomas Paine, and the director of the Apollo Manned Lunar Landing […]

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