Not that long ago …
This morning at exactly 9:06 a.m., I logged in to my work computer and submitted my application to retire from NASA. I became eligible several months ago when I reached the magical minimum retirement age.
A few minutes later, I emailed my boss and told him the news. Jeff wasn’t surprised because I’ve been open about the heaviness of my decision.
“Dave, are you sure?”
We chatted for a few minutes longer, then I walked downstairs and told my wife, Sue, that I had made the call. She hugged me and said, “Well, it’s done. That must be a huge relief.”
“Not really,” I said.
By my calculations, I’ve spent over 57,000 hours working at NASA. That doesn’t make me special, but it does make NASA a big part of my life. I’ve lived and breathed it for thirty-three years.
My son, Drew, texted me with an idea a few days later. “Dad, you should share some stories about your time at NASA on LinkedIn.” Hum. That might be interesting, I thought.
So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m calling it the Make NASA Great Series.
I hope you’ll follow along.
Tomorrow, I’ll share my personal story about the Challenger accident and how it impacted my life. The graphics I had made for the piece bring chills every time I look at them.
* This is the article that started my journey on LinkedIn—and then here.