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Walt McKee: Storytelling at Ingleside at King Farm
Note from Denis Curtin
Note from Denis Curtin: There is a great picture of Walt McKee speaking with students on the back page of Sunday’s Washington Post Metro Section.
Walt McKee, 83, tells his story via microphone at Ingleside at King Farm as student Siril Stephen listens while interacting as part of Link Generations’ Summer Storytelling Series. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
1st Wednesday in December - UPDATE
Note from Ron Johnson:
Update from Ron - August 9, 2017
I have reviewed the comments/opinions from the 1st Wed in December respondents. I have to concur with the majority that the starting time should be moved up to around 12:30pm to 2:00pm to get people home a little earlier (before 5pm). I would like to get your opinion on the best starting time.
The final invitation, changes and directions will be sent at a later date.
----- Original Article July 17, 2017 -----
Over the last few years, the location of the 1st Wed in December get-to-gather has changed from Roy's Place to the Golden Bull to the Woodside Deli. (First, Roy's Place closed. Then, the Golden Bull closed). Last year, the event was held at the Woodside Deli.
Last year's event at the Woodside Deli had a pretty good turnout, though there were some interest expressed in changes to the time and place.
The original reason for the 1st Wed in December date was that any weekend in the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years time frame caused problems (shopping, parties, etc.. ) and that the time, 6:30pm was chosen because, at that time, many attendees were still working.
Over time, it has become more difficult to find a venue which would allow us a variety of food choices, a casual setting and at reasonable prices.
I've already made reservations to the Woodside Deli. Right now I'm
considering moving the time to around 4-5pm to give people more time
to get home before dark.
Please email me. I would like to hear your thoughts on time and place.
Satellite Gallery Opens at National Electronics Museum--July 10, 2017
The "Satellites: Transforming our Lives" exhibit--after 5 years of fund raising, collecting artifacts, and careful design is finally opening at the National Electronics Museum as of July 10, 2017. It was a long hard slog to raise over $600,000 from some 50 different contributors, to put together the exhibit artifacts including satellites and launchers, create the Arthur C. Clarke mini-theater, display the entire SSPI Hall of Fame--among many other wonderful features. The committee that made this happen are to be congratulated. They include Denis Curtin, Maury Mechanick, Ellen Hoff, Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Ramesh Gupta, Scott Chase, and Joe Pelton, who has chaired the effort over the past 5 years. The opening will be as of July 10, 2017 and there will be a special gala opening in the Fall for members of the Maryland state government, industry officials, the SSPI, the Hall of Fame and major contributors.
A "soft opening" celebration among the satellite gallery organizers and designers
was held on Sunday June 25th to review the exhibit in its shakedown mode.
Pictured are in the introductory foyer of the satellite gallery are:
Read more about activities at the National Electronics Museum (Near BWI Airport)
Pictures from 8th Annual IRAA/COMARA & Intelsat Summer Picnic
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
We have some photos taken at the 2017 Picnic on May 21. These are hosted on
Sun Towards High Noon by Peter Varadi
Peter Varadi is a COMARA member
Attached please find the
Albert I Eaton Oct 17, 1931 - Jan 21, 2017
Albert I. Eaton Jr. of Sarasota Florida, formally of Woodsboro, Maryland,
passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday, January 21, 2017.
Thanks to Anne and Bill Windell for providing this link.
Report on NEM Satellite Gallery Exhibit by Maury Mechanick
Maury Mechanick, COMARA President, has provided an update for progress on the Satellite Gallery Exhibit for the National Electronic Museum. You can view his report at April 19, 2017 Newsletter: NEM Satellite Gallery . This newsletter was mailed to COMARA members. If you didn't receive a copy, please let the webmaster know your current email address. The COMARA Board
Thanks to: Maury Mechanick, President, COMARA, and the rest of the Satellite Gallery Task Force (Joe Pelton, Denis Curtin, Ellen Hoff, Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Ramesh Gupta and Scott Chase)
Joe Pelton provided a look at the design of the Satellite Gallery last fall.
Have you paid dues for 2017?
So many New Year's Resolutions are quickly broken and forgotten, but one resolution you should work on is to keep up with your annual COMARA membership dues. Already 193 members are paid up for 2017. The COMARA Board of Directors wholeheartedly thanks each of you who are already paid up for 2017.
Your dues are needed to support COMARA's mission of keeping the COMSAT Legacy alive and paying for this year's operational expenses such as the COMARA web site. COMARA.ORG has lots of wonderful links to legacy materials, membership contact data, and retiree benefits information.
If you cannot remember whether or not you are already paid up,
you can check your dues status by signing in to COMARA.ORG and
seeing if the text at the top left side next to your name
says "Dues paid in current year" or "Future dues paid".
Don't forget you can also pay your dues via the PayPal link at the bottom of the COMARA home page.
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