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Solar wind

Read this, you whippersnappers, and understand what a generation with vision (and the threat of Communist world domination) could do.

I was alive when Sputnik beeped across the sky and awakened the dreams and innovations of a generation of space explorers, for whom the moon shot and what came beyond was more exciting than a hundred Super Bowls (Sputnik predates Super Bowl I by ten years and Lombardy’s first year as Packers coach by two). I am probably an engineer today because of that excitement and the dreams of a legendary President who demanded 50-years ago that we “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” How poignant that we also mark this week the passing of Sargent Shriver, who Kennedy picked to head his Peace Corp. What a silly, idealistic idea that was. What a benchmark for measuring what we’ve lost in a half century.

Don’t look to me for an example of any heroic accomplishments in service to my country. They dragged me the Viet Nam kicking and screaming, and I don’t recall any significant sacrifices I made voluntarily for the sake of mea patria. But hey, I’m not done yet. And neither are you.

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