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.