Tuesday, April 20, 2010
On April 10th, About an hour before the festivities officially began, I drove the short 10 mile distance from my home to Boulder, parked and walked to The Lazy Dog on the Pearl Street Mall. About ten people were busy decorating the place, emptied from tables apart from side booths. Ryan Kobrick (a fellow Astronauts4Hire founder) was orchestrating everything, from helping the first band get ready to decorations. Also present from A4H was Laura Stiles, and it was cool to meet a few of the people interested in space and more specifically, some of the members of Astronauts4Hire (Chad Healy came in later as well).
There were several notable guests that came to celebrate. Dr. Alan Stern, one of the barn-stormers of suborbital research was there with his family, and CU professor and former astronaut, Dr. Joe Tanner, came dressed up in a flight suit. I was most surprised to see the president of ISU (International Space University), Dr. Michael Simpson and his wife, who normally reside in France (ISU main campus is in Strasbourg, France).