Thursday, January 14, 2010


My very first rocket I built back in the 7th grade had a little flight problem. As I set it up on the launch pad, one of the four fins fell off. I had waited all night for the glue to dry, and I wasn't going to let something like a little loose fin deter me or force the mission to be scrubbed. I took the fin, licked it and stuck it back onto the rocket, held it for a moment and let go.
It worked!
The fin stayed on the rocket as I gingerly placed it back onto the launch pad.
I ran back to my launch button and said to Scott "Here goes nuthin!" and flipped the switch.
Into the sky it burst, a white cloud streaming from the exhaust. It got about 10 feet off the pad, took a right hand turn and headed straight for Scott and I.
"GANGWAY!" I yelled and Scott and I hit the deck.
It all happened in less than a second.
I was hooked!
The next year I was President of the Rocket Club. They called me "Rocket Renfro"


Barbara said...

The closest thing I had to a rocket was something I sent away for from the back of a cereal box. It seemed like you put water inside and then shot it off from a launcher. I always loved those things that came in the mail.

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Anonymous said...

"Rocket Renfro"! I like that. Your story is a universal one. Rockets like that always end up nearly impaling and killing the people who launch them. It's almost like that's what they're designed to do.

UF Mike

Anonymous said...

Hey-- watch out what ever you're kids may want to grow up and BE!!

Our neighbor, grew up as poor and devasted as we did. We all knew that EDUCATION was the road to bettering ourselves. We all went to college.
But the one person in our neighborhood, who was very interested in HOW those model rockets got up into space, WHAT kind of fuel made it go,THE mathematical formulas to make it go there... was ...(da-da-da-DUM) the rocket scientist!! Yep, he's on board at NASA doing I don't know what, but he's a F..g rocket scientist!!!! :)
So, pay attention to what your kid wants to do!! MUNCH