A Memoir

Around 2012, I decided that I ought to write up a detailed history of the various activities noted in this website. I found that you can self-publish books (hard copy and digital) on Amazon, so I took all the old notes I kept from St. Louis, wrote a chronology, and then turned it into a narrative. I added some description of my more recent activities in Arizona, and that turned into “Adventures in Space Advocacy - A Personal Story of Space Activism.”

This book tells the story of my involvement in grass roots advocacy for a more robust American space program. The book is an account of the activities, successes, failures, and impact of space advocacy groups I was part of in St. Louis, Missouri and Phoenix, Arizona. The first part of the book is a chronology of the St. Louis space community from the nascent years of space activism in the 1980s. The second part covers the author’s efforts as a space activist in Phoenix some twenty years later.

This history is a narrative developed from the my personal notes and recollections as a member of the local chapters of the L5 Society and the National Space Institute (later to merge into the National Space Society). It closes with some reflections on whether those dreams of a hopeful future from the 1980s had any effect on the realities of the 2010s.

My hope is that historians of the space movement will find this to be an interesting first-hand account of grass-roots efforts to promote space exploration to the public. Similarly, current space activists can learn from these examples of how to execute large pro-space events.

The book (ISBN 978-1-5115-6491-5) is now available via Amazon in print and digital formats at this link:

Hard copy ($8.95 plus shipping), Kindle edition ($4.95)