Some rocketry pix from my younger days, long before FlisKits.
I've been involved
in model rocketry for over 50 years now, starting at the age
of 7, back in 1963. Heck, the HOBBY itself was only 4
years old at the time!
I am not a BAR
(Born Again Rocketeer) as I have never really left the hobby,
even enjoying it at college back in the 70's. I am more
of a "Born Once Rocketeer", but that's a BOR, which
doesn't sound too good... I started with the Sky Hook
kit and was on my own for figuring it all out (though my mom
had taught me how to use tools and do crafts).
By the late 60's I
was starting to scratch build. More like Kit-Bash
actually, as I didn't have a ready supply of parts. Our
local hobby shops didn't carry as much as I wanted, so I
purchased often via mail order. The excitement of
getting that box from Estes is NOT to be believed. Those
who know, know what I mean. Others can only imagine.
By the late 70's,
married and gainfully employed, I knew I was missing out on
some fun so I put an article in our local paper and hosted a
rocket demo. It was well attended and covered by the
news papers. This seeded the beginnings of the Goddard
Society (which later became closely affiliated with the 4-H as
I became the 4-H Group Organizer for Hillsboro County,
NH). We helped with the founding of CMASS and also
founded the NEMROC conventions to combat the loss of
I became the kit designer for Pearl River commemorative kits
(with the generous help of Estes Industries) and also for
NEMROC. It is from these 2 conventions that such kits as
the Praetor, D-Nelson Tomahawk, Corona and more came from.
I had met Vern
Estes back in the 70's, at Estes Industries, but I doubt that
he remembers. I was one of a thousand faces, I am sure,
that came through that building. With the advent of
FlisKits and our participation in national events, Vern and
his lovely wife Gleda have become fast friends with Kathy and
I. What a wonderful turn of events!
I enjoy my
rocketry. I have tried to bring that to the community
and I hope you enjoy my rocketry as well. Without you,
there would be no FlisKits.
It's fun looking
back al all these old photo's. I hope you are enjoying
it as well :)
Click on a photo
at the left to see the full size image here.
Enjoy these photo