Best of 2002
FlisKits opens and hits the streets with a new brand of
Back to the
beginning of time, as it were! This is the year that
FlisKits opened. Understand that work towards the
opening on the 16th of September had begun more than a year
ago, back in June of 2001.
Back then I was an
Engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation and FlisKits (no
yet named) was going to be an extension of my rocketry hobby
with a small offering of kits to the community. In
October I received word that I was the latest in down sizing
and I found myself out of a job.
Still working on
getting FlisKits opened (I now had a name, thanks to my
life-long friend Jim Meyer, but I also had the logo (thanks to
a friend at DEC). But I had to spend time looking
for a job too! For 6 months I looked, full of the knowledge
that there were about 5 job potentials in the area and well
over 5000 qualified engineers looking to fill them.
Heck, I KNEW most of them! One job fair I attended has 3
job openings and over 2000 people showed up for an
interview. It wasn't pretty.
Before long I
started to wonder about doing FlisKits as my job and get out
of the impersonal world of high-tech. I talked this over
with Kathy and seeing as both of our kids were in college and
our mortgage was paid off we figured this was the best time to
explore such an adventure.
Over the fall and
winter I was raising money to fund FlisKits through the sale
of my many rocketry collectables. I wasn't a collector,
but had amassed quite the collection over my many years in the
hobby. This, added to some seed money from my lay-off
package, gave me the funds to start. But HOW?
I knew that doing
this as a full time effort was going to require more man power
and smarts than just me, so I enlisted the aid of my long-time
rocketry friend (and fellow DECie) Brian McCarthy. With
a little extra seed money and some lively discussion we began
laying out such details as a part numbering scheme, vendors,
warehousing and manufacturing. Instructions and artwork
needed to be made up as well as advertising
considerations. It was a lot of work, but by September
of 2002 we were ready to go and opened our doors. They
haven't shut in 11 years and it's been a wild ride ever
Enjoy this short
photo album of our first year and, if you get the chance, go
on to my pre-FlisKits photo album to see some of the history
of my early rocketry fun.
Click on a photo
at the left to see the full size image here.
Enjoy these photo