Getting in the Game
My adventures in the world and the inlfuence of Sports Night.


My favorite movies of 2002

I finally found the movie to round out my top ten list for 2002. I watched it this morning, and it might be one of my favorite movies of all time. The list includes a Coppola, Spielberg, Scorsese, and four foreign films. It also includes four films by first time directors and five about real life people in some way. There are no TV shows this year, but a documentary makes it to number 1. In the end this year came down to message for me. The top half is full of movies that have something to say, making 2002 my year of the message.


10. 24 Hour Party People - A fun movie with a dry wit and interesting narrative structure.
9. CQ - Amazing looking film with a great sense of humor.
8. Road to Perdition - God bless Conrad C. Hall, may he rest in peace. Newman is great too.
7. Catch Me If You Can - One of Steven's best movies, though it doesn't hold a candle to his films.
6. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - I was so impressed with this one. Clooney needs to make many films.
5. Gangs of New York - My favorite Hollywood fiction film of the year. I can' resist this historical epic.
4. My Wife is an Actress - This movie touched me so much. It is cute, fun, and a world I want to live in. Yvan Attel is nominated for my top ten favorite directors with this one, the second one can get him in.
2. Bloody Sunday - A modern day Eisenstein moving historical drama. The kind of movie I dream of making.
2. Secret Ballot - A modern day Candid set in Iran. It is beautiful, moving, and thoughtful. I look at the world so different, and I always will. The kind of movie I couldn't make.
1. Bowling for Columbine - It beat Bloody sunday and Secretballot barely because, it has it all: comedy, drama, good message, and I will make my children watch it someday.

posted by Kevin | 2/07/2003 09:47:00 AM

I'd get expelled from school for this

It seems that the boys at No. 10 Downig St. (Tony Blair's Office) have plagerized a large portions of their recent report on Iraq, and most of the stuff they stole is seven years old. No 10 and unnamed sources contend "The important thing is that it is accurate"

I thought the important thing is a report about what Iraq is doing now, not seven years ago. This is starting to get ridiculous folks. Just be honest and put some effort into the explination. The White House and No. 19 need to stop making it look like they are not only hawkish, but misleading. Otherwise, I might start believe the latter.

posted by Kevin | 2/07/2003 09:08:00 AM

Turkey time, not for Thanksgiving, but for the Kurds

It seems as if we are giving Turkey a lot to allow us to use their border for a ground attack. First, 14 billion more in aid, New York City is barely getting a billion more. Second, NATO military hardware so we don't have to stretch our forces even thinner to defend them. And finally the most intriguing, occupation forces in Kurd territory in Iraq.

This last part is for two reasons most likely. First one of Turkey's main fears with regime change is a more powerful movement for a Kurdish state, which would take a large chunk out of Turkey if created. Second, possession is 9/10ths of the law, if they occupy the area close their border they will easily be able to either make a claim for the area or more likely put down Kurdish movements based in iraq.

The US still argues they plan to keep Iraq together as a nation. It's funny how people forget history. Iraq is barely a country. Like Yugoslavia. Remember, Yugoslavia's dictator was died and then the Balkans became a mess and the home of modern genocide for a decade. That country was created by the powers that be and was held together by name and fear.

Funny thing is so is Iraq. It was created much later, but in the end the Versailles treaty set up the creation of Iraq, because a British diplomat wanted part arabia that was controlled by the French, so they moved their troops there and got it. Following the European withdrawal form the Middle East, Iraq became a country not because it had a uniqueness to it, but instead because it was the area that was controlled by Britain at the time. Meanwhile, it is composed from as many different faction as Yugoslavia. No wonder why we are letting the Turks take care of the Kurds.

We never settled the dilemma that Wilson ignored: What exactly makes a a group of people a nation? Our Presidents are still ignoring that issue, and Turkey is more than happy that we are.

posted by Kevin | 2/07/2003 07:49:00 AM

I knew this would happen

As we all debate which design we like better for the WTC site. It looks like it may not matter. The Times explains that "furture is hazy" which is exactly what I wanted to hear about the most important development project in New York City since Robert Moses torn down the Upper West Side and built the neighborhoods I have spent the past five years.

So What does this mean? I think someone needs to be put in charge, so that person is accountable. Period.

Right now it is a back door wheeling and dealing mess, where everyone wants control and no one wants to take the process slow. I fear what will be lost are two things: vision and the wishes of the public.

posted by Kevin | 2/07/2003 07:32:00 AM

The Administration realizing they were wrong?

It looks like the Bush administration has realized that NYC needs more money. After balking at requests for federal aid before the Administration had come around and is considering aid to NYC and the state. The reason for the change of heart? They didn't realize the economy was so bad here.

Maybe they might come around and realize the rest of the nation is in a lot of trouble also. Probably not. Congrats to Bloomberg and Miller for convincing the Administration that they would rather not get nominated in a city that is broke.

posted by Kevin | 2/07/2003 07:12:00 AM


Outclassed by the Koreans

The BBC is reporting that "North Korea has warned the United States that ... more troops to the Korean peninsular could lead it to make a preemptive attack on American forces."

I am not saying I believe it right now. However, it is a great bargaining strategy and we have little to say to it. We invented the concept of a "just" preemptive attack, so we will have hard time calling it aggression. Korea is in a great position to gain a lot from the US, because of the Iraq situation.

They will not invade, because relations with South Korea are going so well, among other reasons like they would eventually lose. However right now, the Bush administration and the State Department are losing the diplomatic battle on the peninsula. We will lose a lot of money we don't have, and possibly pay a far greater price than anyone can eevn imagine. As Kos points out they started their reactor yesterday, might have nuclear weapons, and have missles that can reach Hawaii.

I don't care if they want to do both, But we are getting blackmailed by North Korea right now, and it has to stop or we could pay worse of a price than Ira could ever make us pay.

UPDATE: Sheesh, they are really talking big now. BBC reports that North Korea is also saying that an attack on it's operational nuclear facility would mean war. Wow. they are pulling all our options off the table, man these guys are putting us in a corner.

UPDATE 2: Of course when it rains it poors. The North Korea situation is esclating while the Daily Show pitches "Slowdown: Iraq" Need more eveidence? The New York Times is reporting that "an administration official warned today that North Korea, if allowed to reprocess spent nuclear fuel rods, could sell some of that fissile material to terrorists" This is problem we have to fix now, and we aren't.

posted by Kevin | 2/06/2003 06:27:00 AM

Are we already invading Iraq?

This is the thing most conversations miss about the Iraq conflict. Not only have we had military forces patrolling Iraq for over 10 years. This is one reason the military just wants to fight a war, they feel like they have for 10 years now.

Which is the reason we feel we have the right to have troops already on the ground. An old Army friend of mine was telling me about a mission that he parachuted into northern Iraq for. It was an ITAS mission or a ground troop mission designed to "paint" a target for an air strike.

Now I read this: Between 700 and 1,000 US troops are in northern Iraq.This is according to a Kurd leader reported by the Kurdistan Times and the Iranian News Service. Because of the original source, Iran, I question the number, but evidence seems to mount that we are already on the ground.

Is this a little dishonest of the administration?

While we are at it, why did we ask for 1441 in the first place? Can you remember? I can't. At least in Vietnam people could remember the reasons.

I would love a good reason to attack and topple Sadam, I have to be honest. However, the way the prelude has gone so far makes me question how the war would go.

posted by Kevin | 2/06/2003 06:20:00 AM

The Coliseum reborn

No. Gladiator II is not in production. However, the best independent book store in New York is coming back to life, after closing its' doors and serving my old neighborhood for more than 25 years. It is something to look forward to seeing when I move back. According to the NY Times it is even moving to 42nd St. who says Disney owns all of Times Square?

posted by Kevin | 2/06/2003 06:12:00 AM

No Adalai moment for Powell ... and false evidence?

Of course the main reason for that is that his main enemy was not in the room. People who expected one should have gone to film school like me ... there is no drama with no tension, and no tension with no opposing character, someone standing in their way. Powell could have made a three hour speech and everyone would have listened to him. Chile had to yield it's time to Stevenson to make his evidence clear. Pundits make their money hyping things up though, so they can make guessing and mark scorecards like sportscasters.

However, one thing the US could help was to factually agree with our allies, the Kurds in northern Iraq and the British both dispute key pieces of evidence involved in the link between Iraq and al-Queda.

The British open up with unnamed sources quoted in The Guardian, explaining that they make no claims that two of cases Powell metioned in their country that they are handling show no link. So the people handling the case disagree with us, makes our claim a little shaky to send my former classmates to die for.

Then even more interesting. The New York Times is reporting that Kurds (who would more than welcome regime change) are puzzled by some evidence that Powell displayed. The article goes on to state:

Kurds also questioned whether Mr. Powell was mistaken, or had mislabeled the photograph. Khurmal, the village named on the photo, is controlled not by Ansar al-Islam but by Komala Islami Kurdistan, a more moderate Islamic group.

Hmmmmmmm ....

This was most assuredly not a Stevenson moment.

posted by Kevin | 2/06/2003 06:08:00 AM


Mi6 and the CIA agree

They have James Bond and great leaks to the BBC, and I would still rather be on of them than a CIA agent. However the most important thing is the BBC is reporting that British Intelligence reports no link between Iraq and al-Qaeda.

This is only important because tomorrow Colin Powell present evidence to the UN about Iraq. England and Australia are only full-fledged allies that have committed troops. Meanwhile in Australia the pro-war forces seem to be in trouble.

Again, I am against the war, mostly because there is so little clear cut reasoning to invade. It seems like someone wrote a law allowing us to do so, so the Administration claims we should do it. Not the kind of reasoning I want when risking my life.

Truthfully the timing of Chapter VII resolution against Iraq must be questioned, however, I blame the current war opponents, France and Russia for letting 1441 pass in the first place. This shows how much of a mess the UN is, when such a resolution can be passed against a specific country and not on other's like Korea, who are cited intelligence reports of being able to sell nuclear material. I am not arguing that we should invade Korea, but that we should invade neither, right now.

Colin Powell has an hour or so tomorrow to convince me otherwise. He is the only one in the Administration that can.

posted by Kevin | 2/05/2003 06:40:00 AM

Cuts in Education, Medicare and Taxes being Raised.

The New York Times writes about two major national problems that I feel can devastate the 2004 Bush candidacy. But even worse, they are causing our children and economy more harm than the Administration. The two stories state that education underfunded at the national level and being cut along with medicare at the state level. Meanwhile states are also raising taxes.

The NY Times explains that educators are speaking out against the budget. As the article states:

Backers of the administration's education law, No Child Left Behind, said that the level of federal spending was far below the amounts the administration agreed to ... $6 billion short of the amount outlined for 2004 in the No Child Left Behind Act.

These are his supporters! Imagine what the detractors are saying ...

Also in a related issue NY Times explain the States Budget crisis is only getting worse. Remember when I say states, I mean 36 of them, and that is only because 11 have not made 2004 estimates. Even more important:

Twenty-four states are looking at new taxes to help close their budget gaps ...
The deficits are also forcing states to cut programs, large and small. In the current fiscal year, the survey found, 9 states have reduced spending on elementary and secondary education, 13 on higher education, 13 on Medicaid benefits, and 9 on prison systems. Twenty-nine states have adopted cuts in every program.

If Bush does not fix this mess ... then he is facing a huge problem. He says he wants to lower taxes, but taxes overall will not go down. He says he wants to improve education, but education cuts occur at a national and state level. This doesn't mean he is losing, but it does mean he is losing an advantage on these issues.

posted by Kevin | 2/05/2003 05:45:00 AM

The greatest poll I ever read .... Bush below 50% and Gary Hart in 3rd

Oliver Willis and Talk Left are posting about an LA Times poll that has President Bush's re-elect percentage at 45% and a "Democratic nominee" at 40%. In case your not familiar with polling, that is within margin of error, which puts Bush in a dead heat with a "Unnamed Donkey" if you will.

Making me just as happy is the news about Gary Hart and John Edwards:

"Lieberman, the party's vice presidential nominee in 2000, led the field with 25%, followed by Kerry with 20%. Former Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, who is exploring a candidacy, and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards tied for third, each with 8%."

However, this section of the poll is far less reliable because it only represents 399 registered Democrats, therefore the margin of error is technically around 10%. It does prove Hart's name recognition can make up for a lot.

I like waking up to good news ...

posted by Kevin | 2/05/2003 05:24:00 AM

Space and Science Holiday

As I read about kids talking about the Columbia Tragedy and the space program I can't help but wonder, why is July 20th not a National Holiday?

posted by Kevin | 2/05/2003 05:13:00 AM

Also in the canyons of Gotham

They have selected the two finalists in the design selection for rebuilding World Trade Center site. In the end, these are my two favorite plans. I want to go down an look at the models again. The site of them in the Winter Garden, one of my favorite spots in New York city, brings a smile to my face, I need that before I move back home.

The THINK plan is one that replaces the hole in the skyline and changes it enough to ensure that generations to come will remember the 9-11 tragedy.However the memorial that the Libeskind team put together is the most appealing to me of the plans presented. The memorial in the Libeskind design is mostly empty and provides for a beautiful semi-circle promenade than reminds me of what it was like to walk through that area before the attacks. I am happy that they are combining the two plans.

However, there are problems on the horizon. Larry Silverstein the lease holder of the WTC says he has the right to rebuild as he chooses. Not only is that wrench thrown in, but now the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, NYC, the State, and the Port Authority all have power over the decision. However, there has been little public discussion about the se of the space. Town Hall meetings gained little input and did little to continue it, I know, I sat through them.

So what am I proposing? I hope that new organizations besides the Ny Times (they have been amazing), like NY 1, other local and even national news organization take some time over the next month to look into what the six groups I named above are doing to merge these two designs. This is important to a lot of people. Like my mom explained to em when I cam home in October 2001: "You have to remember they didn't just attack New York City, they attacked America."

As we re-build the WTC site, we are not just rebuilding Lower Manhattan, but we are rebuilding America. I hope there is more than just a passing reference to the creation of the final plans. More importantly I hope you voice more than a passing interest in it.

posted by Kevin | 2/05/2003 04:59:00 AM

What's $600 million to an attacked city

New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller have taken a more tough stance against stalling at the state and federal levels. He explained in his State of the City speech that the Federal Government owes the city $600 million in promised funds to recover from Sept. 11th.

While I do not know the details, the very fact that the city even thinks it is due money and gets no attention in the new fiscal budget, makes me wonder not only if Bush has moved on from bin Laden, but if he has forgotten the extent of the damage done to New York City.

There are days when I don't like the Bush administration because of political disagreements, or difference in world views that my education has taught me to understand.

Then there are days like today, when I realize sometimes, he and his administration are just ass-holes.

posted by Kevin | 2/05/2003 04:39:00 AM


Here a pefect exmaple of the stupidity of 441k

I almost did the same thing as this young man in the Democratic Party. I feel his pain for sure and see his point.

This story appeared in the Nando Times and here is the begining.

May 5, 2002 12:55 p.m. EDT) - Georgia teenager Trevor Southerland organized the Libertarian Party in his county and got himself elected to the state party's executive committee even though he is not old enough to vote.

But the new campaign finance reform law could force the 16-year-old out of his own party.

A largely overlooked section of campaign reform prohibits anyone age 17 and under from giving money to political candidates or groups that support candidates. If the courts uphold the reforms, Southerland could no longer be a dues-paying member of the organization he set up.

"This is a horrible thing," said Southerland, one of more than two-dozen plaintiffs who have sued to overturn the reforms.

"You always hear them saying that 18- to 24-year-olds don't vote, that the youth need to get active. What are they saying to the youth by doing this? If there is a high-school kid and he can't even vote and he sends in $5 to a candidate, I think that's a great thing. You know how high-school kids are - $10 to us can be a gold mine sometimes."

posted by Kevin | 2/04/2003 01:19:00 AM

When did I start agreeing with these people ...

Turns out the one case against 441k was filed by a Pro-Life organization.

God Bless America.

posted by Kevin | 2/04/2003 01:11:00 AM


Using Crater Frequency Distribution and SNC Meteorite Information to Establish Dates for Specific Regions of Mars

That was the title of my eighth grade science project. I won an honorable mention in the State Science Fair. It consisted of combing through digital images of Mars from the Viking missions and counting craters and measuring their size, then doing a lot of math. It was based on a lot of assumptions and garnered some great results.

However, what I really wanted to do was go there, and pick the rocks up. Leave out the staring at the computer screen part.

I spent 14 years of my life wanting to be the first man on Mars.

When I was 6 and in kindergarten I told my entire class that I wanted to be an astronaut and then sat down with the other kids to watch the Challenger, after telling them how much i wanted to go into space. Then the worst happened. I cried in front of everyone.

I never stopped dreaming, however. Challenger made me want to be an astronaut even more.

Years have passed, and my dislike for math has made being an astronaut a dream of the past. But it is still lives in me as a beautiful memory. To this day, the only real desire I have to be President is so that I can make sure mankind goes to Mars in my lifetime.

So when Eric called me Saturday morning, he told me to turn on the TV, for the third time in about 4 years his phone call began a major change in my life. I turned on my TV and my heart sank.

My Space Camp missions came to mind. When I was in eighth grade I went to Space Camp and commanded my simulated mission, and remembered the incidents that occurred as I tried to guide the simulator to earth. It was not easy, and it was a simulator.

Then my thoughts turned to the important things as I watched the President speak. I bash him on a regular basis here, but his speech was good, and his direction of continuing manned space flight important. But after the mourning and investigation ends, I do not trust we will do anymore than continue. We will not do any more than just above the status quo.

One thing has stuck in my mind all these years. The hours I spent in front of a computer looking at images of Mars. I don't want my kids to do that. I want them to be able to see someone step on this planet.

Right now scientists debate whether their is life on Mars. Yet, we have no plans to go.

Right now we have an international space station, but no plans to use it on our way to Mars.

Right now, we mourn the loss of the Columbia crew, but are not trying to make their loss and the loss of 17 other astronauts mean more as time goes on we have lost direction.

People only wish to continue, and do it more safely.

I want to move forward, and do it with a purpose.

There two full Saturn V rockets in moth balls at two NASA facilities. Evidence that we never finished Apollo. This evidence should haunt us. Somewhere along the way we put exploration on hold.

As everyone says that we need to increase safety. Yes we do, but that is a given. Ou leader need to offer us more in the coming weeks. I think the most important thing is we need to increase direction. NASA has plans to continue the shuttle program for 25 more years, but no plans for any other mission or space vehicle.

NASA has tried to make space flight seem "routine" and still is trying to do so. It is obvious that it is not, so why do they continue? Because they are given little else to try and do.

Leadership got us to the moon and I challenge our leaders to get us back. This way the Columbia tragedy will fulfill for the entire country what every space mission does within the NASA community. NASA does everything it can to derive meaning and importance from what they have. They are heros for that.

Let us give them more.

The NASA community thrives on challenge and in the years they were most challenged they did great things, and advanced science. I am not saying we need to go NOW. I think we need to figure out what is going on first.

A new plan has to be given to NASA, and we have to continue to not only touch the skies but push the envelope. We should try and do more. First, we finish the mission we have, building the ISS. However, since we have no new mission on the horizon, now is the time to give NASA that mission.

Right now, I think back to that computer screen again. I think back to Challenger. I think back to Space Camp. I think back to Saturday morning.

Next week, I will think to tomorrow. I will think to my kids that will have.

I will look up to the sky and see the Moon and the stars.

Will our nation's leaders look with me?

posted by Kevin | 2/03/2003 08:52:00 PM

441k and fundraisers

As my mind turns even more I have realized that ALL fundraisers and events (often held as fundraisers) for political parties are now off-limits to minors unless they are allowed in free by all parties. This is a major way minors can meet and talk to their political leaders.

The more and more I read the law and the FEC interpretation of 441k the more I realize how much it excludes minors from the majority of political participation left to them. This is an oversight to the Nth degree and must be corrected as congress convenes. Write your Congressmen and Senators and give people under the age of 18 back one of the few ways they were able to participate in the system.

posted by Kevin | 2/03/2003 07:59:00 AM

More on 441k ... it gets worse

Turns out, minors can not make donations to candidates or national parties, and it supercedes state laws allowing minors to contribute to local and state party committees.

As discussed above in the Explanation and Justification for
paragraph (b)(1), the Commission interprets the prohibition on
contributions and donations by minors to committees of political
parties to include accounts of party committees and entities
established, financed, maintained or controlled by these party
committees, including their Federal and non-Federal accounts.

Read the full report here.

Why is this worse?

It prohibits some innocent politcal activity by minors. For instance, when I was 12 I joined the Redlands Democratic Club and became involved in politics, in order to be a member you needed to pay a fee (a donation). I was proud that I paid that money, and felt like an equal member to everyone else because of it, even though i could not vote come election day.

Limits of $100, checks from the minor's bank account, and letting the states decide are all options that could have created to allow minors some ability to participate in the process and train to become voting citizens.

The more I read ... the more 441k has become blight on the campaign finance reform legislation. Here, it seems, regulation has encroached on the rights of citizens more than it protects us from anything.

posted by Kevin | 2/03/2003 07:14:00 AM

Reading Laws

I was reading Federal election law in order to prove a hunch I have about a loophole in the law and I discovered Section 441k ...

441k. Prohibition of contributions by minors

An individual who is 17 years old or younger shall not
make a contribution to a candidate or a contribution or
donation to a committee of a political party.

For the authors I am sure the goal closing a loophole which allowed people to make contributions in the names of their children (which it doesn't do, because some children are over 18) to candidates. I am glad this was stopped. However it does it terribly and it does not close the loophole for PACs and other political organizations.

Therefore someone wishing to make contributions in the name of their children can do so to PACs and political parties without any problem, then that money can be transfered to candidates accordingly. I am not a lawyer, but the law could have been written without trampling on the rights of minors, while actually closing the loophole.

It could have stated all funds must be contributed BY the minor via check (with the minor's name on it). Or a myriad of other ways. Instead a blanket statement was made without consideration of its larger effects. Most importantly, thanks to Buckley, money = speech. Therefore, minors therefore have lost their right to freedom of speech and the loophole wasn't closed, just made smaller.

Section 441k NEEDS to be changed.

posted by Kevin | 2/03/2003 06:21:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers

Thank you for reading my blog and the names of all those astronauts lost in service to this country. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, co-workers and loved ones of those lost in the Columbia tragedy.

posted by Kevin | 2/03/2003 06:04:00 AM


Ilan Ramon - Ramon, an isreali citizen and a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, was a fighter pilot who was the only payload specialist on STS-107. Approved by NASA in 1998, he was making his first spaceflight when he was lost in yesterdays tragedy.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 05:46:00 PM

Laurel Blair Salton Clark - Clark, 41, was a commander (captain-select) in the U.S. Navy and a naval flight surgeon. Selected by NASA in April 1996, Clark was making her first spaceflight when wshe was lost as the Colmbia broke-up over Texas.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 05:44:00 PM

Kalpana Chawla - Chawla, 41, a native of India, was an aerospace engineer and an FAA Certified Flight Instructor. Selected by NASA in December 1994, Chawla logged more than 376 hours in space. She was lost yesterday in the Columbia tragedy.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 05:44:00 PM

David M. Brown - Brown, 46, a captain in the U.S. Navy, was a naval aviator and flight surgeon. Selected by NASA in April 1996, Brown was making his first spaceflight when he was lost yesterday in the Columbia tragedy.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 05:42:00 PM

Michael P. Anderson - Anderson, 43, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, was a former instructor pilot and tactical officer. Anderson logged over 211 hours in space. Anderson was lost in yesterdays shuttle tragedy.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 05:41:00 PM

William C. McCool - McCool, 41, a commander in the U.S. Navy, was a former test pilot. Selected by NASA in April 1996, McCool was lost while making his first spaceflight on the mission that ended tragically yesterday.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 06:17:00 AM

Rick D. Husband - Husband, 45, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, was a test pilot and veteran of one spaceflight. Selected by NASA in December 1994, Husband logged more than 235 hours in space. He was lost yesterday while Commanding the Space Shuttle Columbia as it broke-up upon reentry.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 05:35:00 AM

Manley "Sonny" Carter jr. - Captain Carter logged 120 hours in space on STS-33, which included 79 orbits of the earth. He was chosen to fly on STS-42, the first International Microgravity Laboratory. However, while on official NASA business, Captain Carter was in a plane that crashed and was destroyed.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 04:07:00 AM

S. Christa McAullife- Mrs. McAuliffe was selected by NASA as the primary candidate for the Teacher in Space project from over 11,000 teacher applicants. She was assigned to fly on the Challenger mission STS 51-L, which was destroyed upon launch

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 04:04:00 AM

Gregory B. Jarvis- Jarvis was chosen from over 600 engineering applicants at Hughes to become a payload specialist and he was selected to fly on Challenger STS 51-L, the mission which we lost him on.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 04:03:00 AM

Ronald E. McNair - Dr. McNair was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1978. He first flew as a mission specialist on STS 41-B in 1983, thereby becoming the second African American in space. He also lost his life on the Spcae Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 01:33:00 AM

Ellison S. Onizuka - After he was chosen to be an astronaut, he flew on Discovery 51-C, which was the first shuttle mission flown exclusively for the Department of Defense. He later lost his life while serving his nation on the Space Shuttle Challenger on January, 28, 1986.

posted by Kevin | 2/02/2003 01:31:00 AM