Monday, July 23, 2012

Thanks, Sally Ride




I have always had an enormous interest in the space program and admiration for our Astronauts. There are three in particular that I held in particular esteem -- John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride. The only one of these three that I had the good fortune to meet was Sally Ride and the memory and thrill stays with me to this day. In the early 1980's I worked in the Office of the Mayor and was fortunate to be part of the staff that both helped plan and attend many events. One of these events was a presentation to the group of astronauts of which Sally Ride was part of in 1983.  Her achievement of being the first woman in space at a time when it was a difficult path for women in science awed me then and continues to do so.

My sadness is deep. A legend of our generation is gone, but she blazed the trail for many to follow. Thanks, Sally Ride. 

14 comments:

Lynda said...

Our older daughter hated to hear of her passing, too. At one time, this daughter considered a career in the space industry - - - - attended the camp at Huntsville, Al and loved it. Praise God for great role models.

Loretta said...

She was a great role model! Thanks for the remembrance!
Hug

Maple Lane said...

I was sad to hear of her passing at such a young age. She certainly inspired many of us.

Betsy Adams said...

Amen---Amen-- Amen... I lived and worked in Clear Lake, TX for 12 years (1988-2000)... That is the NASA community --and we had many many astronauts and families in our church.

That community is really struggling now... I cannot believe that our Govt. gave up this wonderful program... Very very sad!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Terra said...

Sally Ride was a wonderful role model and how neat you met her in person.
Thanks for your comment on my blog today about the C.J. Sansom series; that sounds like one my dh and I will like.

Theresa said...

What an honor to meet her! We just watched a show recently on the Space Program over the years! I appreciate her and she will be missed! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How wonderful you actually got to meet her! What an honor. Explorers like her are to be admired for sure. We here in Ohio claim John Glen as our own and are very proud of him. Hope your Tuesday is a terrific one!

Ms Sparrow said...

I vaguely remember a song from that era called "Ride, Sally Ride". I keep expecting to hear it during one of the tributes on the news.

Susie said...

Buttercup, Sally Ride was a great young lady for girls to admire. xo, Susie
p.s. hope you are feeling better:)

Melinda said...

What a great women! She was a wonderful example to all.
I was sad to hear of her passing.

M :)

Mevely317 said...

I'm so glad you posted this. ....Imagining so many "young at hearts" are reflecting -- and giving thanks for her contribution.

TARYTERRE said...

My heart goes out to Sally's partner and her family. Such a role model with an accomplished life, lost much too young. You are lucky to have met her. take care.

Just Be Real said...

A wonderful tribute to a great woman. Thank you Buttercup for sharing. Blessings.

Grammy Staffy said...

What a nice tribute to Sally. I looked up to her in the 80's with amazement. What an amazing accomplishment.

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