Sunday, August 14, 2022
Apollo Rising, A New Mr. Williamson Mission Told for the First Time. My Classroom is Ready for my 40th Year in Education. New are Trained as the Old Leave. Imaginarium Theater.
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Old Set Directors Never Die, They Just Fade Into the Abyss..... Goodbye Natalie and Connor. The Space Place Volunteers and Staff Fly the Magellan. Cassini Sickbay is Outfitted with New Equipment. Imaginarium Theater.
Senior Flight Directors, staff, and abnormally long term volunteers whose service to the Space Center was considered exemplary, are eligible for post Space Center service care in The Gone Boldly Treatment Center for Retired Space Center Staff. GBTC offers both outpatient and inpatient care. Residential services are reserved for those who find themselves confused, bewildered, challenged by reality, and most importantly - unreliable in the bathroom (brought on by holding it too long during prolonged battle scenes or elongated, multi character narratives - where the flight director engages in conversations with himself as another character; which introduces us to another common Flight Director malady - schizophrenia).
Joining the current long term residents are Natalie Anderson and Connor Larsen, both of whom retired from Space Center service this last week. Natalie was the Odyssey's Set Director. Connor held the same position in the Magellan.
It is nice when our flight and set directors realize their need for additional rest and time to reflect on their rewarding (though not so profitable) careers in space service. The Gone Boldly Treatment Center for Retired Space Center Staff offers that time to decompress and acclimatize back into civilian life.
If you're ever in the area, please stop by the Gone Boldly Treatment Center for Retired Space Center Staff and visit Natalie and Conner. And while you're there, please stop in to visit the home's other long term guests who worked so hard to entertain and teach you over the years. The residents love seeing their former campers, volunteers, and staff. They'll love you even more if you'll sit patiently and listen to hours of mission stories long gone. Don't worry the time, they are always sedated before visiting hours. Part way into a story they'll nod off giving you a chance to quietly escape; respectfully of course.
Volunteers and Staff from The Space Place at Renaissance Academy Fly the Magellan for the Extended Camp
"That mission was fantastic!" is the general consensus spoken by the many The Space Place staff who attended the CMSC's extended camp last week. They made up half the crew of the Magellan. Connor was the flight director. It was his last mission as a flight and set director. The staff and volunteers made the mission fun and the away missions were "the best". Thank you to the Magellan staff for doing such a good job. For most of them, the camp was their first introduction to the Space Center. They've heard me talking about it at Renaissance and they wanted to experience it for themselves.
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Sunday, July 31, 2022
New Flight Directors and Supervisors at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center. Video: We Have Too Much Fun in Our Ships! Imaginarium Theater
Tis the season of promotions at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center in Pleasant Grove. Several of the Center's top volunteers worked hard to earn their Blue and Navy over the last several months. Yes friends, it is all in the color. Volunteers wear traditional black. From black, a volunteer can enter the CMSC's Staff Training Academy and work their way to Supervisor Blue and / or Flight Director Navy.
Let's take a moment to congratulation our newest inductees into the Supervisors and Flight Director's Guilds.
NEW CMSC SUPERVISORS
Sunday, July 24, 2022
The Nearly 30 Year Old Mission Canada Returns to the Space Center this Summer. Livy Charles Retires from the Starship Voyager at The Space Place. Imaginarium Theater
The USS Canada has returned to the Christa McAuliffe Space Center. Why is that post worthy you ask? Because the USS Canada was the first overnight mission I wrote specifically for the new Starship Voyager back in 1990-91. Bill Schuler did the video tape for the mission and played his beloved character Admiral Schuler for the first time.
Let the mayhem behind
USS Canada was told on a semi-regular basis from 1991 to 2012 in the Voyager and then retired from the mission library - until now. Jon Parker, set director for the Starship Cassini at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, pulled the mission from obscurity and restored its binder to the Cassini's shelf of active missions. Jon tells the story on this summer's Officer Camps. I'm telling it on the Space Center's Day Camps.
The landing party scene on the Zeewakowski. A survivor is on the floor behind the table. The plant was put there for a reason. When the Cassini crew scanned the Zeewakowski for survivors one appeared on the sensor screen. "One life form on that ship," the sensors officer said. "It better not be a plant!" the captain responded. So we added a plant to the scene just for that young captain.
You old Space Center veteran campers, staff, and volunteers will remember the Canada. It, lost with the exploration ship Zeewakowski, on the other side of the galaxy reachable only through a wormhole near the Klingon border. Remember the nebula and what happened to the ship when it entered the nebula searching for the missing ships? Remember the fun you had playing the hallucinations? Well, you'll be happy to see a new generation of volunteers and staff doing what you did and thrilling a new set of summer campers with a great story told by talented people. Welcome back Canada!
Livy Charles Retires from The Space Place
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Sunday, July 17, 2022
Fortuna, Goddess of Fortune and MisFortune, has Found the USS Cassini. Her Antics are the Best They've Ever Been. (Why Won't She Just Go Away?!) More of the Great Staff of Yesteryear's Space Center. Imaginarium Theater.
Fortuna, great goddess of fortune and misfortune, rose in majesty and glory this month at the Space Center. The CMSC is familiar territory to her mischievous antics. Over the last 30 years her appearances brought moments of consternation and programming chaos to the staff. This blog is littered with such posts (easily found by using the search feature in the right sidebar) for your enjoyment - if seeing staff scratching their heads and throwing up their arms in exhaustion brings you joy.
Oh Fortuna, Goddess of Fortune, hear the words of mere mortals who in earnest are fed up to the brow with your bullying at our expense. We are sure the Gods of Olympus have business to tend to more interesting than the misfortune you've delivered to the innocent of the Space Center. Perhaps you've not noticed the hundreds of cyclists on the Murdock Trail who venture out daily dreading a possible flat tire or untimely spill into the gravel. See to their needs and not ours.
Your lesson has been taught and we have learned. Now, dear lady, Move On!
Those Great Faces from Yesteryear
Another installment in this series highlighting yesteryear's great staff and volunteers from the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center last 30 years.
Several of these photos have been posted before but many of our current readers haven't had the pleasure of meeting the people who helped make the Space Center a unique and pioneering learning institution. Over the next several weeks The Troubadour will introduce them to you to them.
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Sunday, July 10, 2022
Mr. Cool Air Conditioner Films a Commercial at Utah County's Space EdVenture Centers. A Special Hello to the Former Volunteers and Staff from the Space Centers. Meet Some of the Best From 20 Years Ago. Imaginarium Theater
Hello To All Our Former Staff and Volunteers From Your Friends at the Christa McAuliffe Space Center and The Space Place. You Are Remembered Fondly.
Meet Some of Those Early Volunteers and Staff From Many Years Ago
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Sunday, July 3, 2022
Summer Space EdVenture Camps Update: It's Busy at The Space Place and The Christa McAuliffe Space Center. A Tour of the Starship Voyager While the Campers Deal With Multiple Problems :) The Phototron from the Old Voyager Appears! Imaginarium Theater
It is a busy summer at Utah's Space EdVenture Centers. The Space Place at Renaissance Academy and the Christa McAuliffe Space Center at Central Elementary are either at capacity or nearly there. I'm enjoying my time at both locations. I'm a flight director on the Starship Cassini at the CMSC. I help wherever Bracken needs me when I'm at The Space Place.
The Voyager's Defense Station with Maintenance at the back
Last week I spent some time on the Starship Voyager to take a few pictures and video of the crew at work. Seeing these young campers in this immersive environment, working together to solve the multiple problems a 5 hour long mission throws at them, is impressive.
The Starship Voyager may be the largest starship simulator in the Space EdVenture's Utah Fleet when you take into account its bridge, hallways, brig, engineering room, and sickbay. Just to show you, I made a walk through video of the ship while the campers were in a 5 hour long mission.
What Happened to the Phototron from the Original Starship Voyager?
There it sits in all its glory, right off the bridge near the Operations Station. Welcome back Phototron! All you need is your red light and you'll be back to business.
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