Monday, October 5, 2009

Lil' "Nell" GODdard

Robert Goddard was born today.
He's the guy you've always read about in elementary school science books- at least I did at 8 or 9 years old -who fooled around with solid rocket fuel and lauched his little "Nell" rockets in New England, being scoffed at and ridiculed by the local hambones, if hambones is the correct term for Northeast rustics.
Goddard resembled a cross between Lionel Jeffries as 'Prof. Cavor' in the 1964 "First Men In The Moon" and another Robert- Robert Heinlein -and was the archetype of the dedicated scientist, square, on the straight & narrow, unlike his persona non grata (for the most part)counterpoint/counterpart Jack Parsons' unrepentant reprobate.

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