Posts Tagged ‘filk’

The Stars Just Got Further Out of Reach

July 22, 2011

I am a child of the Space Age. I was in junior high when Sputnik was launched. I lived my high school years on Vandenberg AFB, watching the Atlas, Titan, and Discoverer launches from my back yard, and rooting around at the dump for discarded rocket parts. One summer, I worked on a construction crew, building the roads around Vandenberg’s SLC6 launch site. I watched the Apollo 11 Moon landing on a small B&W TV in DaNang, VietNam, and the Apollo 13 coverage on BBC in Mildenhall, England. Although I never attended a Shuttle launch, I am roughly of the same generation as the father in this now-famous photo pair: UPDATE: Sorry, they took down the photos.

Father and Son: STS-1 and STS-135, by Chris Bray

Father and Son: STS-1 and STS-135, by Chris Bray

It’s hard to describe what it was like, growing up in that environment. (more…)

The Ballad of Apollo 13

April 11, 2010

Forty years ago today.

Last year I posted the lyrics to William Warren’s song (best known in the Julia Ecklar rendition) about it. Here’s the link. It is, of course, based on the Gordon Lightfoot song Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Ballad of Apollo 13

April 11, 2009

Words and music have been moved to here. Includes a performance by Julia Ecklar.