Faithful readers of this blog (and I know you’re out there!) no doubt are aware of my lifelong interest in space and the manned space program. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the chance to hear two great speakers with remarkable, albeit very different, contributions to the realm. As it happens, the presentations were very different, as well.
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February 25, 2013
Last weekend, I took in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo downtown parade for the first time in several years. The weather was spectacular, and the crowd was massive, diverse and enthusiastic. There were horses, riders, and marching bands. All in all, a great day to be in Houston.
October 7, 2012
Last week, I took a long-awaited vacation to New Orleans, a city that has long figured in my imagination. In addition to covering a court hearing and doing some of the usual tourist stuff, I had another objective: I wanted to see firsthand what has happened in the Lower Ninth Ward since the community was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
September 12, 2012
Gene Kranz was one of my heroes long before I ever really knew who he was. And earlier this evening, I finally got to hear him speak.
January 11, 2012
This past weekend, I had to the opportunity (with several hundred others) to watch a major building in Houston be turned to dust.
September 9, 2011
I was in bed, listening to the radio.
August 26, 2011
What a difference a decade makes.
June 26, 2011
I had the opportunity this weekend to visit Freedmen’s Town, the historic black community formed by newly freed slaves on the outskirts of downtown Houston, in the Fourth Ward.
February 11, 2011
I hadn’t been in New Orleans since 2002, three years before Hurricane Katrina swept through and wrought havoc. Though I have several relatives in South Louisiana, most of my experiences here were when I was a young kid. My knowledge of the storm and its aftermath was from afar, from news accounts and my own reporting on refugees who arrived in the Houston area.