Have you ever wondered why my idea blog for my Stampin' Up business is called 3-2-1 Stamp? I live on Florida's space coast — home of space shuttle launches for the past 28 years and of course Apollo, Gemini and Mercury missions before that. Space is in our blood here. The space shuttle program will end next year. It's a sad time, as workers lose their jobs — especially a job that's so much more than that. Working on the shuttle program is a calling, something people approach with a passion that routinely brings tears to the eyes when you see a launch.
I met my husband while I was covering the space shuttle in the 1980s as a television reporter for Orlando's ABC affiliate and then for the NBC affiliate in Houston, Tex. While I've moved on from day-to-day reporting, Bill is still a reporter and the space analyst for CBS News. His work makes us so proud. Today NASA shared a You Tube video that celebrates the role of the news media in the shuttle program's history. I know this is not a video about stamping, but it is a video that celebrates the inspiration of my blog's name. Yesterday, the House approved funding for a third and final shuttle flight next June. Godspeed to America's astronauts as they ride out this great adventure and prepare for a future that includes trips to the International Space Station on Russian rockets while America re-works its human spaceflight program.
I had to share this video that celebrates all we hold so dear here on the space coast, where our area code is incidentally 321. And oh, yeah, I like that first reporter you'll see in here quite a lot. Enjoy the ride!
Edited to add: The original video embedded here was on You Tube and that has been removed by someone. To watch this you now have to go to NASA's website. Click here to do that and then look under the NASA Multimedia section and in the Videos area you'll see one called "Covering the Shuttle Program" that includes the video that my husband is part of. If navigating NASA's site is too tricky, then click here to view the video on our local newspaper Florida Today's website. Also Bill's CBS News space website can be found by clicking here.