Are you enjoying your Spring vacation? A week off of school is just what the psychiatrist ordered - right?
With the this year's LDM safely in the hands of the wonderful, more or less charming, and entirely competent Emily Paxman, I'm free to focus my efforts on developing a new mission for next year's Long Duration Mission in the new Voyager at Renaissance Academy. The first briefing on the new Voyager's maiden voyage was posted in the last Troubadour posting. Please read it if you haven't already. Another posting will come out tomorrow.
Tonight I'd like to continue your Space Center history course by posting my account of the second overnight camp for the Summer of 2000. Most of you won't recognize the names, but you'll be amused by the history itself.
This post is historically important because it documents the first Star Trek mission told in the Magellan. Before June 11, 2000 the Magellan was a Babylon 5 space station.
|The Magellan back in the day.|
From the Space Center's History File
June 11, 2000
A Report on Summer Overnight Camp 2
A quick report to all on the second overnight mission and its highlights.
1. Magellan: The Magellan broke new ground tonight with the Space Center's first "Who done it" mystery story. In addition to the new story comes the Magellan's new controls and the Federation universe (goodbye Babylon 5). I was given updates on Maggie developments throughout the evening. The initial reports were unsure on whether this change in universes would work. Part way through the evening, the reports focused on our programmer Allan Stewart. He was frantically programming to keep the Maggie running. My source said nobody was to talk to Allan, nobody
was to look at Allan, and nobody was to think about Allan (he was in such a state of concentration that even thought waves could cause an imbalance in the force). What really matters is the end product and it was successful. Mr. Alldredge was pleased with the end of camp survey results. I'm happy then to report that the new and improved Magellan is a hit! A special thanks to Chris Alldredge, and Allan Stewart for the new set. And a "Well Done!" to James, Stephen, and Robbie for picking up a lot of slack as bugs were being worked out.
|The Magellan's Bridge in 2000|
2. Falcon: The Falcon received high marks again for its new story. Mark, Kyle, Jason, and Daniel Slothower once again frightened their campers into therapy.
|We don't have many pictures of the Falcon. Here is Spencer Dauwalder and Taylor Herring |
getting ready to take to the Falcon Bridge
3. The Odyssey - no problems to report. All went well under David Merrell's direction.
4. Galileo: The kids loved it. Good job to Randy for a job well done at second chair. t
5. Voyager: What can we say except perfection as usual! Everyone knows I change and adapt my missions to liven things up when I get bored. The Canada story I told was a shadow of its first telling. Soren was at 2FX with Tyson assisting. Matthew Stapleton and Kendall were excellent actors. Josh Webb was bored on the bridge. The crew was good. He wasn't needed that much.
A gold star to Justin Leavitt, the Voyager Doctor, for taking the prize for most votes. He did an excellent job mixing with the kids, showing an interest in how they were enjoying the camp and even eating breakfast with them. He was rewarded with more votes but also got the attention of the flight directors.
We are in the kid business. We take kids and put them on adventures they will never forget. We put them into stories where they become the heroes. They make the decisions and suffer the consequences. They leave the Space Center feeling better about themselves (except for the Falcon crew). They leave us knowing they can overcome obstacles. We push their thinking to a higher level.
We are also in the self esteem business. We act as mirrors to each other. We understanding who we are by how how we think others perceive us. I notice how our guests are treated by our staff. I also watch closely how the blue shirts treat the volunteers. Sometimes I see things that need changing, so I ask all of you to please show kindness, respect, and interest to our guests and to each other.
(the only exception to this rule is if you are my video person. ;)
All the best my friends. For those of you working tomorrow - I'm looking for smiles and interest in our guests. Stephen (Nelix) Porter has taken the responsibility for being the Space Center's morale officer. Watch for his example. Everyone else - I hope to see you 7:00 A.M. Wednesday for the opening social.
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By Mark Daymont
Farpoint Voyager Educator