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Megan Warner, Space Center Director #2, Returns from the California. Her Time in that Far Away Land is Over
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Former Space Center Director (#2) Megan Warner has moved back to Utah from her rejuvenation sabbatical to California. I met up with Megan at the Space Center on Saturday while getting the scoop on a new addition to the Magellan's bridge. Megan is doing well and will be living in Eagle Mountain. She's looking for meaningful employment so if you know of a good job needing a former Space Center director and all around dedicated, hard working, creative, highly organized, intelligent person, let her know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mr. James Porter is a very busy man. He administers the Space Center, which is more than a full time job, and is working to complete his master's degree. I tried doing something similar back in 1989 when my grants started coming in to build the Space Center. I quickly discovered that building the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center while working on a master's degree while continuing to teach sixth grade was too much for a mere mortal. Something had to give.
To honor my commitments, I choose to put my nearly completed master degree on hold. Due to the demands of the new Space Center, and the fact that graduate credit disappears after a set number of years, the hold became permanent. That decision was unfortunate for me financially because of the years of master's degree pay I never earned. On the other hand, the decision was fortunate for the hundreds of thousands of school children who've attended the Space Center over the years.
There are no regrets. Giving 100% to the creation and maintenance of the Space Center was the right decision; look at how the concept has grown and expanded over the years.
If you think about it, Mr. Porter and staff could just sit back and let the place continue as is, on auto-pilot, until the new Central School and Space Center are built in a couple years. This would give him a more normal working schedule. But this is not the Space Center way. The Space Center constantly seeks to improve, try new ideas, search for new ways to use the simulators to enrich learning through experiential missions. Flying on auto-pilot is unacceptable. That philosophy is demonstrated with the addition of the new Magellan Sickbay.
I heard rumors of this new sickbay and stopped by the Space Center on Saturday to see it for myself. There it was, right in the corner, the new sickbay pod marked appropriately with the red cross sign I had made years ago for my "Mercy Strike" mission.
The sickbay pod will add another level of fun and realism to a Magellan mission. Now there is a place to put 'injured' crewmen. From one of the two bunks, the injured can do their moaning and groaning while still keeping abreast of story developments. Having crew members in the pod will stress the crew, thus making the mission more intense and real. Somebody will have to do their work and monitor their stations (nirvana for a demented flight director who takes dark joy is seeing a crew suffer when stretched so thin).
Fantastic improvement Mr. Porter and staff. Keep up the great work.
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