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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

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Who You Know Meme
From mostuff:

The rules:
- Link to the person who tagged you.
- Leave a comment on their blog so that their readers can visit yours.
- Post the rules on your blog.
- Share the seven (7) most famous or infamous people you have met.
- Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.
- Include links to their blogs.
- Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Burt Rutan. Before Space Ship One, Scaled Composites took a subcontract to design the airframe structure of Pioneer Rocketplane's Pathfinder vehicle. We kicked it off by taking a Cessna up to Mojave (yes, we could fit most of the company in a Cessna), parking at Scaled's hanger, and getting a tour before the meeting. Burt came in to chat with us a bit before leaving us with the technical team for our project.

Merril McPeak. Was Chief of Staff of the USAF when I was a lieutenant. Never met him then. But he became chairman of the board at Pioneer Rocketplane. Not a fun guy to brief. I remember trying to skip a slide on the grounds that was irrelevant after a design change he'd insisted on earlier in the review. He made me put it up then repeated the whole rant he'd made the first time.

Lois Bujold. First met at Wiscon in 1993. Since then I've seen her at other cons and mini-Lois-cons, where a small group of fans would join her for dinner. A wonderful lady.

Larry Niven. First met at I-con (the one on Long Island, not the Iowa one) in 1982 or '83. Saw him at lots of cons in California. celticdragonfly and I danced with him and Fuzzy Pink Niven at Westercon in 2002.

George Hochbrueckner (former congressman, which is famous in mundane circles even if no one on my flist has heard of him). My mom worked for him when he was a state legislator and I handed out leaflets for campaigns.

Gary Hudson. Never worked for him, though I did try for a job at Rotary Rocket at one point. I met him at the Space Access rocket cons.

Steve Jackson. Also first met at I-con. Last saw him at ConDFW. Him I'm actually working for, sort of. I've sold seven freelance articles to his webzines and hope he'll publish some longer work of mine.

Not sure who to tag, so anyone wanting to do this one, feel free.

Current Mood: amused

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