Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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Martha Raye – No Time At All

An evening pause: From the Broadway musical Pippin.

The words from this song mean more and more to me, with each passing year.

Here is a secret I never have told.
Maybe you’ll understand why.
I believe if I refuse to grow old
I can stay young till I die.
Now, I’ve known the fears of sixty-six years.
I’ve had troubles and tears by the score.
But the only thing I’d trade them for
Is sixty-seven more

Oh, it’s time to start livin’.
Time to take a little from this world we’re given.
Time to take time, cause spring will turn to fall
In just no time at all.

And believe it or not, I see this also as a fitting song for Veterans Day.

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  • Col Beausabre

    Good choice for Veterans Day – “Colonel Maggie” was the “Darling of the Special Forces” in Vietnam and held rank as an honorary Lt Col in the Army Reserve for her efforts to support the troops – particularly the wounded. In 1993 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her long service to the men and women of the armed forces.

  • wayne

    Col Beausabre-
    Great stuff. I was not aware of that factoid, thank you!

    Martha Raye Medal of Freedom Ceremony

  • wayne

    The Best Years Of Our Lives
    Dana Andrews – airplane graveyard scene

  • wayne

    “Audio from the Past”
    Avro Lancaster Crew radio chatter–bombing run

  • brightdark

    During the Vietnam War, Martha pledged to visit every Special Forces base in South Vietnam. As she was doing so, she heard a whisper of a rumor that there was another base out there that wasn’t on any map. After a log of begging Martha got flown to the base, which was on top of mountain in the middle of Laos, for a brief visit. To her dying day she never said a thing about it.

  • Col Beausabre

    From the description, that can only be LS-85. Its Combat Skyspot Team aka “wager Control” was a major thorn in the side of the North Vietnamese, which is why it was overrun (with heavy Allied casualties) in 1968

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