The master of ceremony was USSRC CEO Larry Capps. Here are his introductory
About 2:00 this afternoon the project team and I were huddled and it had rained
all morning. It was clammy at noon. It was sunny at 2:00. And we called
up three TV stations in town and got some weather advice. There was a huge
storm system west of Mississippi headed this way, expected to be here about
5:00 this afternoon, and if we were going to be eating outside about 6:00, it
would get wet. Guess what? [laughter; there were no signs of rain in the late
afternoon/evening] This weather prognostication is getting better and better.
I want to thank you all for being here this evening. I'm Larry Capps. I'm the
CEO of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and it is my privilege to welcome you
to the Fourth Annual Saturn/Apollo Reunion. Let's give that a hand! [applause]
Tonight's festivities not only are a celebration of the success of the Saturn V restoration
project, but also in honor and recognition of the original team that
created the mighty moon rocket that has recently been moved -- at least the
first and second stage of it -- into the new Davidson Saturn V Center.
The restoration of the Saturn V rocket, as well as the construction of its new
home, is finally becoming a reality. As we focus on preserving the rocket for
future generations, it is appropriate that we pay tribute to those who actually
made the rocket and made the moon landings possible. They sit among you this
evening. Let's give them a hand. [applause]
If you worked in the Saturn/Apollo program, or flew on it, would you please
stand. [more applause]
This generation of engineers inspired a new generation as well. And, beginning
with this Reunion, we would not only like to pay tribute to the past, but
also to look to the future. Would everyone working on the Ares vehicles please
stand. And let's give this new generation a round of applause. [applause]
I'd like to extend a special thanks to the sponsors who made this evening
possible, and please hold your applause until I call all the names. Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne, would the representative please stand. SAIC. [food &
beverage sponors, etc]. Let's give them a round of applause.
Also at this time I'd like to recognize some very special people who are with
us this evening. They'll be introduced later in greater detail, but I just
wanted to mention them up front. They are our speakers. Please hold your
applause until I mention all their names, and you don't have to stand.
Dr. George Mueller, associate administrator of the Office of Manned Space
Flight, 1963-1969, and his wife Darla; Col. Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 astronaut, and his
wife Dot; Dr. Owen Garriott, astronaut on Skylab and Spacelab, STS-9, and his
wife, Eve; Jim Halsell, an astronaut who has flown five shuttle missions,
STS-65, -74, -83, -94, and STS-101, now works as vice president and program
manager, Ares I upper stage at ATK, and his wife, Kathy; Steve Cook, director
of Exploration Launch Projects at NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, and his wife, Marqueta.
Bill Gurley, "William H.", group manager for SAIC here in Huntsville,
but his better claim to fame is chairman of the Saturn V Restoration
Committee, and his wife, Cathy; Jim Maser, president of Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne and our title sponsor for tonight's event. With us we also have a
number of distinguished guests, including those who built the Saturn V;
members of the Senate Board, Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission;
members of Saturn V Restoration committee, who worked, I will tell you,
tirelessly to save our national historic landmark; elected officials or their
representatives who are here this evening. They have also been instrumental
in helping us save the Saturn V. Welcome all of them, please.
Speaking of Jim Maser, president of Pratt & Whitney, we'd like to again express
our sincere thanks to you as the title sponsor. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
and those who came from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne this evening, and those who
represent the history of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.
Jim came from Space/X, a division of Pratt & Whitney, where he was president
and chief operating officer. Prior to this assignment, he spent 18 years with
the Boeing company, where his last position was president and general manager
of Sea Launch Systems Company, LSC. He also served as Sea Launch Chief Systems
Engineer, and he was engineer of the Delta program, where he worked extensively
Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored and privileged to present Jim Maser.