For most of my life, I have been a space travel enthusiast. As a youngster, I kept scrapbooks of all of the spaceflights. Even though I was fairly young, I remember the Mercury flights. My interest increased as I got older. Like most people alive at the time, I know exactly where I was when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. My interest in the space program eventually led to me working at NASA in Houston. For much of that time, I helped to run the computers in the Real Time Computer Complex (RTCC) (during Apollo 16, 17 and all of the Skylab missions). These were the computers that ran the flights. I was 19 when I started working there. In fact, I was one of the youngest people there for a while. I was just a lowly computer operator, but I would occasionally get to rub elbows with some of the bigwigs because I had to go into different parts of the operation center to do some minor activities with remote computer operations.

After I left NASA in 1975, I met other astronauts as I wrote magazine articles about NASA and space exploration. In 2005, I started working as a reporter at KUSI-TV in San Diego. I have met many more astronauts while working there.

Below I have lots of photos and videos of these highly trained and motivated folks. The photo section has pictures of Astronauts Gene Cernan, Alan Bean, Charlie Duke, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Jack Lousma, Jim McDivitt, Scott Carpenter, Tom Stafford, Dave Scott, Richard Gordon, Edgar Mitchell, Vance Brand, Bruce McCandless, Rusty Schweickart, Wally Sschirra, Sally Ride, Tracy Caldwell. I put a label before each person's picture to help you find them.


While they were at a golf tournament associated the Spacefest event in 2009, I interviewed Charlie Duke, Jack Lousma, Jim McDivitt, and Gene Cernan for my televsion station. They are all still pretty sharp guys. That report is below.

Click here to see the above video in case it does not automatically pop up.

Click here to see a video of a news story on Apollo 11's 40th anniversary.

Click here to see a video of an interview of Apollo 11's 40th anniversary with Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke and Alan Bean


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Related Links:

Click here to see a magazine article I wrote about Wally Schirra in 1993.

Click here to see photos of my Robbins Medallions collection

Click here to go to my SPACE page

Click here to go to my Kennedy Space Center - Shuttle Launch page

Additional photos I took at NASA in 1994 & 2001.

My visit to Florida for a shuttle launch:

Total Solar Eclipse magazine article

NASA Stories magazine article

US Space Program: Rising to New Heights magazine article

Voyager Mission magazine article

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