Monday, April 29, 2013

Here beginneth a new blog.  My apologies to all the other MIT rocket scientists who are equally qualified to have a blog so named, but I needed it.  Please forgive the substandard update tempo -- just getting warmed up here.

My identity here is a brand, created initially for my forthcoming book, The Coolest Thing that Has Ever Been Done: Confessions of an MIT Rocket Scientist. It's in the indie-publishing pipeline, now undergoing developmental editing, and with luck will be out in the fall.  The "coolest thing" is primarily Apollo, secondarily the Space Shuttle, broadly the whole business of traveling to other worlds.  This book is a nonfiction account, which I characterize as "the most entertaining and insightful techno-memoir of its time," of the MIT Instrumentation Lab people as I knew them in 1959-1981, and enough autobiography to describe where we came from, what became of us afterwards, and even an answer to "what do you do for an encore?"  I may re-use the brand for a second book.  For more details, visit

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