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11 Days In December To Support The Space Show
The Space Show/OGLF thanks you for listening to our programs, posting on our blog, offering feedback, suggestions and helping us in obtaining incredible guests and topics for our programs. All of you have made The Space Show what it is today. You have certainly helped carve out a golden legacy for those interested in space, its development history, the future, and the people that have brought us this far and will for sure take us the rest of the way. Now, with just 11 days left in the year for you to generously support us in order to have an even better Space Show for 2019, we once again call upon you for your help.
The Space Show will be 18 years old on its next birthday. Boy, has time flown by, even faster than the speed of our best and most powerful chemical rockets! At least it seems that way to me, the guy that started this program in early June 2001. I recall, just a few months later, 9/11 happened. I remember thinking that surely there were far more important things on all our minds and in our hearts than commercial space development, space tourism, and becoming spacefaring so I was uncertain about the future of the program I just started. Well, I was dead wrong and my concerns were unwarranted. I recall two Space Show programs immediately after 9/11. I actually thought both shows would be cancelled but they were not. The first was with one of my dissertation advisors, Dr. Lusignan from Stanford University. He was on Sept. 12, the day after. Bruce talked about space military issues and using space for global peace and security, and bringing us all together. When you have time, listen to this historic show. Next, the former Executive Director of the National Space Society, Pat Dash, was our guest on Sept. 16. I remember she talked about seeing the Pentagon after the attack which she dramatically described for us. We also talked about space as a uniting discipline and space making a positive contribution to humanity. Pat's interview is also worth hearing . The Space Show, along with our listeners and guests, got through the horrors of 9/11 as did our nation and the world. Almost from the start, The Space Show audience realized that one of the best things that could ever happen to all of us here on Earth would be to get on with becoming spacefaring. The Space Show, along with your loyalty and support, has done its best to heed that wisdom and follow that path for the past 18 years.
While there are many incredible examples of Space Show programming that stand out as giants in space history, another that comes to mind was the final XPrize victory flight in Mojave. I was in a motel in Santa Barbara for university activities with my son who attended college at UCSB. I set up a system in the hotel room to monitor the flight and to live stream it with commentary through The Space Show streaming services. I even had it set up to get email from listeners and phone calls. What happened really surprised and encouraged me. Within minutes of starting the coverage, Space Show streaming servers crashed. Then I started getting emails from Australia, Canada and from around the world from people setting up mirror sites to carry Space Show streaming bandwidth. I got emails from a father in Australia that woke his kids up in the middle of the night to listen to our broadcast as it was not covered anyplace else for them. They thought this event was so important that they wanted their kids to hear it, be part of it, and remember it. This father wanted his kids to have a story to tell that made them part of this historical event. That Space Show live stream broadcast reached thousands of people around the world thanks to mirror servers and people helping us out. Don't tell me space is not important. We know that the world would be better off with a path that goes through space. Laugh if you will but millions say otherwise and The Space Show can certainly validate that fact!
One more tidbit about our livestream for that flight. My oldest son was flying home from a European visit and was on a Lufthansa flight to LAX. This flight was experimenting with live online service so my son logged on with his laptop. He had known about my streaming plans and the XPrize effort and wanted to hear it if possible. He sent me an IM message (remember those?) and I told him how to log onto the stream. The purser on the flight saw him using his computer and asked how he liked the service. He told them what he was listening to and the purser was really interested. Then the purser made an announcement to the passengers about the Mojave activities and he kept the passenger updated on the flight via my son listening to the stream on his laptop over the Atlantic. My son reported that the passengers were very interested in what was unfolding thousands of miles away.
These are but a few examples of the power of space and the capability of The Space Show to benefit us all. But it does not stop there. It is important to remember that each and every one of you has been an important part of this space mission and each of you has a story to tell that is important. The Space Show wants to help you tell your story and be part of our evolving space history. So for 2019, a new feature The Space Show hopes to deploy will be dedicated to frequent programming where you, any of you, can be on the show and tell your space story to the world. Your story will be part of our extensive archives and will become an important and timeless part of space history. But as with most good and great things in our lives, there are hurdles to jump over to realize and implement this new program along with Space Show goals.
The biggest hurdle The Space Show faces and has faced for years is funding support. We now have just 11 days left in 2018 and this year's annual fund raising campaign. For those of you who have supported us during our campaign, we thank you and are deeply appreciative of your support. However, telling our space story and sharing our space expertise in so many areas and disciplines takes time, resources, and money so I continue our 2018 appeal by asking you to generously support The Space Show. Help us to tell a complete space story with you as part of it rather than you as an observer looking in on space history. We need you to partner with us to make this happen and to help make space history.
11 days in December and counting. Do you want your space story to be part of space history? I do! Finally, remember that The Space Show/OGLF is a 501C3 nonprofit and a California Public Benefit Corporation. Your gift to The Space Show is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law so check with your tax advisor for details applicable to you. In addition, think about becoming an Advisory Board Member for The Space Show/OGLF (see https://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/advisory-board.htm for details).
As we say goodbye to 2018 and warmly embrace 2019 in just 11 short days, you have a chance to be part of space history going forward with The Space Show, not just someone listening in on the history being made by others. I don't see anything stopping you from being an important contributor to our space exploration and development history. I hope you don't see any show stoppers either. Please donate through Pay Pal or by check. Just click on the Pay Pal button on our home page, www.thespaceshow.com.
Thank you for your support and for helping us all make and be part of space history.
Dr. David Livingston, Host & Founder
The Space Show/OGLF
Dec. 21, 2018