Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Tuesday Haibun Poem for the Tuesday Platfom

Art by Cassie Kerns ,
from The Imaginary Garden
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My Fifth Lifetime;
working at NASA, helping
with Apollo Lunar Missions 

It was in my1,2,3,4,5,6,7, oops during the fifth lifetime when I was working at NASA, the Johnson Manned Space Center, Houston, Texas (Number One is High School, when I became a real person.

I was an Aerospace Engineer working for Ford Aerospace Division, or perhaps as a Philco Tech Rep Engineer which was purchased by Ford while I was working there, 1964 to 1979.  I was holding an Engineering slot as a college dropout with Experience in Lieu of a Degree. 

Technically my job then was a Digital Telemetry and Data Processing Engineer.  This was the first to use a newly developed state of the art telemetry processor to identify and sort the various astronaut, spacecraft, rocket, and experiment parameters that were downloaded and now would be shown on the Flight Control console displays and meters.  Some were saved for later scientific study.

Our equipment was in two large rooms, each backup for the other in case of breakdown.  We had no breakdown that day of July 16, 1969 during Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, nor any during the entire mission.  We did have TV monitors to was the proceedings as you may have seen at home plus numerous other activities which were not broadcast publicly.

Finally a couple of weeks later we were still processing data at splashdown time.  This called for cigars all around.  We would get ours by going through double doors which lead to the control room.  At that time most Aerospace Engineers and Technicians were men, but the women were getting their cigars as well.  I do know of any of those with us who smoked theirs although I have know women who would smoke a cigar.

Afterwards, I left NASA December 31, 1969 soon after I finished my final graduation.  During the eleven years of college, mostly at night, along with working 50 to 60 hours a week around mission time.  I had three new degrees, an Associate Degree in Pre-engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and a Juris Doctorate of Law by that time. 

My next job would be a full time Professor of Business Studies at San Jacinto College with three campuses in the Houston Area.  Had I stayed at NASA, I was a Senior Engineer by now, as a Manipulator Arm Specialist in Flight Control Simulations Branch.
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From Engineer
to College Professor
Busy Life Number Five
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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved
 - I'm linked with Anmol (Ha) in the Imaginary Garden at  http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-tuesday-platform-tired.html?m=1

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At Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:09:00 PM, Blogger Ornery Owl said...

It certainly sounds like an exciting time. It makes me tired just thinking about it!

At Tuesday, July 16, 2019 8:20:00 PM, Blogger tonispencer said...

Interesting haibun

At Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:30:00 PM, Blogger Margaret said...

...you must be like 200 years old (and on Life Number 20) with everything you have done! :)

At Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:03:00 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Getting there!!!
Thank you for peeking in.
The lives will be in my obituary. Sometimes my second life starts earlier, first grade, my first girl friend found me.

At Thursday, July 18, 2019 11:36:00 AM, Blogger Anmol (HA) said...

That is quite a lifetime — you paint the scene for us in such a wonderful manner. Such an interesting way of narrating a story!

At Friday, July 19, 2019 8:20:00 AM, Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

What an interesting life you have led, Jim!


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