The master of ceremony, as always, was USSRC CEO Larry Capps. Here are his
Everyone take your seats. We are going to move rapidly, just like the
rocket's going to move. Ladies and gentlemen, would you please stand as we
play our national anthem.
With this weather, you don't know whether to laugh or cry [Alabama had been
undergoing a dry spell, so the rain was welcome]. If you're the mayor, she's
probably saying, "Bring it on! Bring it on!"
Ladies and gentlemen, good morning once again. I'm Larry Capps of the US Space
and Rocket Center, and it is my privilege to welcome you to what we call "Rocket
Roll." It's the symbolic launching of the Saturn V into its new home, the
Davidson Saturn V Center [this ceremony took place before the facility was
renamed to the "Davidson Center for Space Exploration"].
The rocket, as you can see, has been sanded one last time in the past two
weeks, and is waiting its final coat of paint, which will be applied once the
rocket is in place in the Davidson Saturn V Center. And thus, we will have
completed our mission to conserve and preserve this national historic landmark.
The restoration project has been successful thanks to the generous support of
donors like you who chose to be with us today.
At this time I'd like to recognize our special guests in the audience.
[Recognizing the mayor; other local, state, and federal representatives;
representatives of Accenture and Marshall Space Flight Center; astronauts Owen
Garriott and Jim Halsell; members of the Alabama Space Science Exhibit
Commission; members of the US Space & Rocket Center Foundation Board;
members of the Saturn V Restoration Committee; NASA officials responsible
for the movement of the Saturn V; and his wife.] [Applause]
Our next speaker represents our title sponsor for Rocket Roll, Jeff Chenevey.
He's the senior director with Accenture. Accenture is one of NASA's
outstanding partners and the sponsor of today's event. We certainly thank
them for their sponsorship, and without their generous support we couldn't
have made this happen.
If you are not familiar with Accenture, it's a global consulting company
that helps business and government perform at its highest level. Citizens have
a right to expect the highest performance from their government, even when
budgets are tight. Accenture brings private-sector experience to the public
sector so governments can run more efficiently and at higher standards. It's
hard to find a government agency that Accenture does not work with, from
Homeland Security to the Pentagon to the IRS and, of course, NASA.
Jeff has been with Accenture for 17 years, and has spent a lot of that time
working with NASA, first at the center at Cleveland, and for the past three
years here at Huntsville.
We are proud to have Jeff and his team as part of our donor family. We thank
Accenture for sponsoring today's event and we welcome Jeff Chenevey. Jeff ...