We're in the home stretch of our 2013-2014 year, and we're going to finish with a bang by going literally "out-of-this-world"! We'll "blast-off" into summer on the solstice itself, June 21, with the space shuttle Endeavour, and our May 13 meeting will prepare us for launch!
For our May meeting, we are very happy to be hosting Bosco Tech metallurgy alumnus and retired Boeing project manager Jerry Blackburn, now President of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation, as our 8pm guest speaker to take us on a grand virtual tour through the wondrous history of Los Angeles-area aerospace-- a special history which of course includes Endeavour and includes us GLASers and which the great Downey-based nonprofit organization that Jerry currently leads (also known by its very cool acronym ALF, for those of you who also fondly remember the 1980s sitcom star) works very hard to preserve and promote.
But this month we're featuring not just one but two interesting talks for you! Social hour remains in the lounge from 6-7pm, but we'll also have an educational alternative during that hour for those of you interested in stepping from the lounge (with or without a cocktail ;-) into the banquet room "classroom" for another talk in our ongoing introductory PAL (Principles, Applications and Limitations) series of lectures. We are very happy to be hosting our very own Ricky Morgan presenting an "Introduction to Phased Array." Ricky, who gave a great talk last month about NDT on Las Vegas' "High Roller," currently the world's tallest Ferris wheel, is working with us at Bosco Tech to set up a Phased Array class for our Greater Los Angeles Section beginning next semester! So if you're interested in learning more about Phased Array and/or taking a semester-length class on it, drop on into Ricky's introduction Tuesday night!
As usual, we'll enjoy dinner during the 7 o'clock hour (only $25; just $15 for students), so hopefully next Tuesday evening will leave your belly, mind and heart happy, and, with our raffle prizes, you might even go home lucky too!
Then, our great 2013-2014 year, which saw us begin by taking a ride to Mars aboard Curiosity with JPL and Bosco's own Tim O'Donnell and then continue our flight into space with Votaw Precision Technologies and its president Scott Wallace, will fittingly conclude with a departure/launch date of June 21 aboard the space shuttle Endeavour! We hope "When You Wish Upon a Star: An Evening to Remember with the Endeavour" will be our biggest and best ASNT-GLAS gala event ever, and we hope you will be a part of it! Please consult the flyer!
We will have exclusive, "after-hours" access to the IMAX Theater and the Endeavour Pavilion for what promises to be a special, unforgettable evening in Exposition Park: beginning with a NASA astronaut (to be named later, subject to availability) for autographs, followed by private screening of the excellent film "Hubble IMAX 3D" and then over three hours with Endeavour in her Pavilion for touring and picture-taking and socializing, dining on a delicious dinner, hearing a great talk by our astronaut with Q & A time for us, winning door and raffle prizes, and honoring our Sponsors, Donors, Teachers, Board members and our second annual class of special ASNT-GLAS student scholarship awardees under our Women's, Veterans and Military Initiatives. We are very proud to continue honoring female and military veteran adult students in our ASNT-GLAS night classes at Bosco Tech with scholarships in the name of three of our trailblazing GLAS women, Marybeth Miceli (first female GLAS member to become a national ASNT Director), Kristy Davis Jones (first woman to become GLAS Chair) and Brianna Buchanan (second woman to become GLAS Chair), and two of our most accomplished GLAS military veterans, Jim Davis and Ricky Morgan.
But it's not cheap to book a magical evening with Endeavour (the real per-person cost will likely be closer to $175/person), so we hope we can count on Sponsors and Donors to be generous to help underwrite our extra-Special Event, in which we're providing extra-special family-friendly and student-friendly discounts for kids and Bosco Tech adult students, in addition to providing scholarship amounts of at least $500 each, plus complimentary tickets for our scholarship recipients and their families.
Finally, don't forget: no second Tuesday meeting in June because we'll be meeting instead with Endeavour for our sublime date with her Saturday night, June 21. And we take the summer months of July and August off, so we'll resume with regular second Tuesday meetings September 9!
Paul Cole Padilla
ASNT-GLAS Chair, 2013-2014
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