The Application of Technology: But Girls, It Still Works!
In 1977, I launched from high school graduating in the first class of
Today, the magnetometers on Voyager 1, built by NASA?s Goddard Space Flight Center, continue to observe and provide new insight into conditions at the outer edges of our solar system. Though the Voyagers? original missions were to Jupiter and Saturn, they could still provide data for astounding discoveries until 2020. Of course Star Trek fans know that Voyager could still continue far after that!
1968 A New Color Television
My grandfather, Daddy Carl, who always liked new technology, decided to build his own color television with a kit ? so that he could better understand how it worked and how to use it. My grandmother, Mama, didn?t want to wait and purchased a raffle ticket. Daddy Carl always liked to build new things; Mama always liked to use new things. Many seasons have passed, and they are in their nineties. My sister and I were cleaning old things out of their home. We ran across this television set. As experienced granddaughters, we snuck it out the house to the trash pile. The next thing we knew, he returns from outside carrying the television with an incredulous look on his face ? ?But, girls, it still works!? he said with his British-West Indian accent.
2008 A New Navigation System
Daddy Carl, who was taught to use a car by my grandmother, is facing the possibility of driving to a hospital in
Over thirty years after my launch from high school, and through my journey through the solar system of college, life, and now, a CIO, I?m amazed that I have come to a learning moment that is intersected by my grandparents and Voyager.
Linda Y. Cureton