Dec 242011
 

I’ve previously posted the following on my model rocketry site, rocketry.gonnerman.org, but I’ve decided to go ahead and repost it here.

Well, here they are… the pictures that, had I any sense, I’d never allow to be seen. The pictures that graced the pages of my last 4-H Model Rocketry project book.

Here’s where it all started… with my first rocket, a Centuri Screaming Eagle, part of the “Eagle Power Outfit” from the 1976 Centuri catalog (#763). I was probably 10 when this picture was taken.

I have this picture marked as 1978; I think that’s right, anyway. I’m holding my Vector V, and beside my is my friend Kevin holding his Satellite 62SL, which I think was his first rocket. He only did the 4-H Model Rocketry project for a single year.

I have this picture, and the next one, tagged as being from 1979. Again, I’m pretty sure that is right. Pictured in front of me are my Javelin (I think), Sky Devil, and Nomad. Of the three, only the Sky Devil still exists.

Another picture of my new rockets from 1979.

One of two pictures of my fleet as it was in 1979. Most of those birds are, sadly, long gone; I particularly miss the Space: 1999 model, not that I liked it, but I could have sold it on eBay.

The second fleet picture. Here you can see my Nova, one model I miss. I am planning to build an upscale to 18mm, but it’s not very high up on my build queue right now.

1979, again. I was asked if I would put my rockets on display in the window of the local library in Edina, Missouri, and I did so. I took a few pictures, but these are the best two (yes, the others were worse). The Sky Cycle is another I’d like to have now just so I could sell it on eBay. I also miss the X-24 Bug and the Bandito (my second rocket, bought in 1976 as a discount bonus rocket when I ordered the Eagle Power Outfit).

The second library window picture. I still use that Power Tower, but with a different controller, as the original controller is in bad shape.

Dec 212011
 

We all have stories.  I’ve thought for a long time that I’d like to write mine down.  Oh, sure, everyone who knows me, knows at least some of my stories, and some are probably sick of hearing them.  But there will be a time when I’m not around to tell my stories, and quite possibly someone might wish to know them.  After all, even the most mundane details of our grandparent’s lives can be interesting, and if you go back a generation or two they just get more so.  But those folks aren’t around anymore to tell their stories.  So it will be with us.

I asked my Mom about a picture I have of her father, my grandfather, at work, and the things she told me about him were things I’d never heard before.  And I thought, I don’t just need to capture my stories.  I need to capture hers as well.  In fact, I’ve decided to open this up to any of my family members who want to post here.

I’m going to limit membership on this blog site to just those I’ve personally added.  If you are a member of my family, even a few steps away, email me directly at chris@gonnerman.org and I’ll create an account for you.  All I ask is that you just tell your stories here.  As much as possible, I’d like to avoid discussions of anything other than the stories… this isn’t a pulpit to preach from, or a forum for arguing.

If you are reading this, please understand, these are stories.  They aren’t necessarily accurate… our memories aren’t perfect.  We’re going to try not to slander anyone; where a story might be hurtful or embarrassing to someone, we might change some names, or just avoid naming that person altogether.

We hope you find our stories interesting.