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Sunday, July 31, 2016

From the YahooGroup, Photos from The Last Mission of the Magellan. Plus, The Space Center Journal from May 19, 2007. Taylor Thomas, Landon Hemsley, Mr. Daymont, Casey Voeks, and Megan Warner Mentioned. Theater Imaginarium.

Hello Troops,
Just as promised, I'm posting another article from the Space Center's first online database and journal - the SpaceEdVentures YahooGroup.  This was the Space Center Journal - the predecessor of The Troubadour.  I tried to type one up every week, but that didn't last long.  Enjoy another stroll down memory lane, and for those of you younglings, reading these historical posts introduces you to the dedicated people who worked with me to make the Space Center what it is today.  Each name you read is legend and made a significant contribution to our success.

With the article I'm including a few historical photos. Below are the last pictures taken of the original Magellan before the redesign and construction of the Magellan you know today. These pictures were taken on the evening of November 26, 2005.  

This was the final private mission staff. The Magellan closed that night so construction of the new Magellan could start on November 27th.  I don't know everyone's names, but this is what I know.
Left to right standing top:  ?,   Megan Warner, Sam Brady,  ?  ,  BJ Warner.
Front row:  Warren Nuila, Metta Smith, Steven Bristow, and Josh Babb.  
Josh was the Flight Director, Metta was second chair. The rest wanted to be there for the final goodbye to a wonderful set.    

Thank you,
Mr. Williamson

Metta working the last Magellan mission in Second Chair. The Second Chair in those days was to the Flight Director's left.

The first Magellan. Notice the IMacs were all the same color - raspberry.  That uniform color took a day's work. The original Magellan computers arrived at Central School in different colors. We had raspberry, lime, tangerine, and blueberry.  What a disaster for the bridge.  What would people think walking into the Magellan and seeing a smorgasbord of computer colors?  Mr. Adams, Central's principal, and I loaded up the lime, tangerine, and blueberry computers into the back of his pickup and drove to most of the district's elementary schools asking if we could swap our computers for their raspberry computers. The principals were very obliging.  We had our raspberry bridge.

Of course, what we didn't know was that the computers were assigned to schools and their serial numbers recorded on the district's database. Dan Adams and I really messed up - causing the good folks at technology several hours of re entering serial numbers.  We asked for forgiveness but were not willing to take the computers back!

Josh Babb in the Magellan's Flight Director position.  Notice in those days the flight directors sat facing second chair.

Steven Bristow and Warren Nuila folding the Magellan's uniforms at the end of the last mission.  Yes, those are the same Magellan uniforms used today.

The last picture.  What a team. What great memories.  Megan's face sums it up.....
Does anyone know who the two young volunteers were?

Mr. Williamson

Space Center Journal May 19, 2007
This week:
Honor’s List: Taylor T. and Landon Hemsley!
Mr. Daymont’s Good News!
New Set Directors Warmly Welcomed by Parade! 200,000. A Milestone Reached with Simulated Celebrations!
Honor’s List
  • Taylor T. I’d like to thank Taylor T. for an outstanding performance Friday and Saturday. Taylor T works as a Flight Director in the Galileo. I’ve noticed that Taylor’s attitude is always spot on when he comes to the Center. He is clean, his clothes are clean, and he always has his OWN Space Center shirt (and not borrowing one from the new shirt supply like others I’ve noticed). Taylor’s positive attitude toward his crews is readily noticed. He radiates the same enthusiasm we see from Emily when she works with her crews. He greets them at the door with a smile. He doesn’t hide out until the recorded flight time. If his mission arrives early, and he is ready, they start. I appreciate that in a Flight Director. Taylor was also quick to notify me of a potential staff problem. He did this not to get anyone in trouble, but to make sure that future mission quality is never compromised. Thanks Taylor - I’ve noticed and I appreciate all you do for the Space Center.
  • What can we say about Landon? How about "Landon is Awesome"?  Awesome is a word Landon loves to use over and over and over and over and over again :) Landon was scheduled to work Saturday evening but came in for the 2:30 P.M. mission to learn the Phoenix and to brush up on his FD skills. Remember, Landon will be leaving the Center in September to go to school in Logan and he's still looking to improve. Landon has also agreed to do some badly needed painting in the Odyssey and Voyager before the summer is out. As always - Thanks Landon.

Mr. Daymont’s Good News

A week ago Friday, just as I finished by engaging and highly entertaining “Welcome to the Overnight Camp,” speech so warmly received by hundreds of children monthly, Mr Daymont walked up to me with his hand outstretched. This gesture, universal worldwide, is intended to signal to the other person that a handshake is wanted. I don’t recall the last time I shook Mr. Daymont’s hand except in my official capacity as Center Director to congratulate him on a job well done for an overnight camp, but that handshake comes after the camp ends not at its start.

I was puzzled by the gesture, wondering what event would cause this behavior. The quickest way to find out was to shake hands and listen for the reason.  “I got the job,” he said. Congratulating someone on getting a great job was handshake worthy.  Mr. Daymont recently applied to work for Pearson, one of America’s largest education companies, in their Power School Division. It was time to celebrate Mr. Daymont's transitioning from a classroom into the real world of higher paychecks and reasonable hours. The whole series of events that led to the job are one of those “I can’t believe” stories. Here is the short version.
  1. Mr. Alldredge comes to visit me. He used to teach at Highland Elementary. He
    also worked at the Space Center for a couple years getting the Magellan started.
    He left teaching to work for Apple and Powerschool.
  2. Chris (Mr. Alldredge) stopped by to arrange a flight for his professional curriculum
    team. They work out of their homes, spread across the country. It would be the first time they all got together for a workshop. He wanted to kick off the event by bringing them to the Center for a Team Building mission.
  3. Chris and I started talking, then relived ‘old time’ as old timers always do when they get together. The conversation drifted to his work for Powerschool. I learned they had been purchased by Pearson. The company was doing very very well.
  4. Chris told me about his team, what they do, and that they were taking applications for another employee. From that the conversation drifted on to other things.
  5. For some reason, Mr. Daymont, on his way home, stopped by to say goodbye and check to see if there were any pressing Space Center things that needed to be done. He say Chris and they started talking. During their conversation I remembered what Chris had said about hiring. I jumped right in and told Mark. Chris went over the qualifications - all easy peasy for our Mr. Daymont.
  6. Chris left and I encouraged Mark to give it a try. He's a good writer. Curriculum wouldn’t be too difficult. 
Mr. Daymont was hired. He signed his employment papers last Friday. He starts at Pearson on June 4th. He gets to set his own hours but he must work 8 hours a day. He gets to work from home. His boss is Chris. His salary is double what he made as a teacher. He gets full benefits. 

Because of his new responsibilities, Mr. Daymont has given up the Set Directorship of the Magellan. He will continue to work as Asst. Director of the Space Center and run every other Magellan overnight mission, along with a few private flights. So, Mr. Daymont leaves teaching but stays with us at the Space Center. A win, win for everyone involved. Congratulations Mr. Daymont from all of us at the Space Center!

New Set Directors!

Crowds of well wishers filled the city streets of Pleasant Grove last week to greet the Space Center’s two new Set Directors. Casey Voeks and Megan Warner both rode in the Space Center’s 23rd Century Float in the Jubilant Parade of Honorment. The float was an exact replica of the original Voyager’s bridge complete with old Mac Pluses and Mr. Williamson’s original controls. One of the Mac Pluses even smoked on cue every 5 minutes - just like the original one did 15 years ago! The crowd was heard to gasp every time smoke rose from the Right Wing computer. Some little children were seen to grab for a parent’s leg fearing an explosion. Our volunteer staff, following the float with fire extinguishers, were on hand to calm the little one’s fears and offer them M and M’s.

Casey and Megan were warmly welcomed at City Hall and presented the Key to the City. Multiple photographs were taken by the city’s distinguished newspaper “The News of Pleasant Grove City”. News of their promotions would be given the honored front page headline - keeping company with other memorable news highlights from last week, like the new traffic light at 300 East and the introduction of Pumpkin Shakes at the Purple Turtle.

Casey spoke of his appreciation to Mr. Williamson for giving him the opportunity to take the Magellan to new heights. Megan also spoke of her gratitude to Mr. Williamson for his faith in her abilities to set direct a simulator of her own. She then spoke of how the Phoenix would soar to even greater heights. A scuffle followed Megan’s remarks as Casey reached to take the microphone to tell those gathered that the Magellan was “up to any challenge the phoenix could deliver!” Just when the argument was getting good with the possibility of questionable language, the police were called in and the rest of day’s events canceled. A very unfortunate ending to what promised to be a supreme day of celebration.

200,000 Campers. A Milestone Reached!

Two weeks ago the Space Center reached a milestone in attendance. One of the
4th graders from Vineyard elementary school was the Center’s 200,000th visitor since the Center opened its doors on November 8, 2000. Mr. Williamson had planned to have balloons and a gift on hand for the lucky camper but forgot, which is becoming more and more the norm lately. So.......... Happy 200,000th visitor. Imagine thousands and thousands of balloons falling around you complete with streamers and the sound of a band playing music worthy of such a celebration.

There....... wasn’t that awesome. What a celebration, and it didn’t cost the Center a penny. We need to have more of those. 

Mr. Williamson

Theater Imaginarium
Troops, I messed up on the Theater this week. A couple clips didn't load correctly and I didn't want to take the time to correct the mistake. Somethings just aren't worth it. So, there is one minute of video missing from 20:40 to 21:40 so just fast forward through to get to the other great stuff starting at 21:40.  Thanks

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