BossKitty is the result of a Liberal Arts Major who dreamed of becoming a Physicist. Serendipity had other plans for me … I met and interviewed Will & Ariel Durant at their home in Los Angeles in 1968, while working at Pace Magazine. Their enthusiasm for knowledge was just as strong after 60 years of teaching, and publishing phenomenal works on History, Philosophy and World Civilization. They were my inspiration to learn everything I could, about everything. So, Jack-Of-All Trades I became. During my time with Up With People and Pace Magazine I was privileged to meet many intellectuals and celebrities in science and technology from around the world … I learned a lot. Absorbing what you learn is only possible when the door to your mind remains open.
First real job was Photogrammetry mapping the earth … Then along came the dream of taking humanity into the cosmos …
20 Years at the Manned Spaceflight Center – Johnson Space Center
We made history when I was there.
From the Skylab Launch to the last mission splash down
After Apollo, then on to NBC.
then, back to NASA From STS-4 through STS 85
Between my Apollo years and Space Shuttle years, I was a Photographer, Cinematographer and Producer for NBC television in Illinois.
I was a proud member of the US Coast Guard Reserve. First based in Galveston, Texas. Ended up at Oak Park, Illinois. The General Manager of the television station was not supportive of my duty weekends and gave me an ultimatum. Duty or my job. With sadness, I was compelled to resign from the service.
My first assignment as a solo photojournalist, was to cover a car accident in the freezing snow on a remote rural road. The ambulance had not arrived yet. A County Sheriff Deputy was struggling to free the lady trapped behind the steering wheel. Torn between my first assignment and common sense, I laid the heavy (16mm motion picture) camera on a rock in the snow and went to help. The film froze and never aired. But, after a chewing out by the producer, I was patted on the head by the General Manager. I promptly signed up at the local Community College and took the full course to become an Emergency Medical Technician. I interned at both trauma hospitals and learned a lot. In order to keep my certification, I joined the volunteer Fire Department and learned even more. I fought fires, inhaled a lot of smoke, applied a lot of bandages and assisted the arson photographer, who had to commute to the scene from Chicago. I filmed News, Sports and had my own show … called The Weather Window.
My NBC career occurred during the short years between Apollo and Shuttle at JSC-NASA, where I operated the video control room and teleconferencing with the US, ESA and Russia during the development stage for the International Space Station. It was a 24/7 on call experience. Then I retired from NASA before Space Station launch. Between the Space Program and the US Treasury, I wrote one terrific, unsold screenplay. Dabbled with Legal video, deposition summaries & documentary photo support as a Freelancer. Worked for the US Treasury just under 11 years.
Now, I am really retired and working harder than ever before … on my own daunting mission to play catch up with my life. Finding myself no longer restricted to the opinions of my employers, I am compelled to speak my OWN mind, finally. Plus, all the artwork and music I have neglected, must be addressed. Love to SKETCH – no more paint . I can finally plant my own garden, build my own meditation benches and bird houses. I love the hands on, get dirty feel of working outside. When I wear myself out, I come to the blog to catch my breath.
What really twists me today is the mixing of religion with politics and education. The mixing of ethics and religion, politics and religion, law and religion is the self fulfilling Armageddon event. I truly believe that if all the prophets of old had seen how the human race would ultimately fracture, into polarized interest groups, so selfish and self absorbed, that the downfall of a habitable planet was inevitable. Somehow it seems the children of the Abrahamic religions are reading from the same nihilistic script.
Charismatic Imams rally their flocks into revengeful feeding frenzies, anyone in the way gets trampled, even their own. Charismatic Christian Ev-Angelists are equally guilty of forcing their congregations into a ‘hard core dominionist frenzy’ to create a theocracy (just like Israel & Muslim Countries). With all this destructive energy no one is safe. Charismatic Rebes and Rabbis stir their flocks into paranoid frenzy by repeating the history of abuse, persecution and Diasporas to reinforce the Zionist cause, there’s always another holocaust around the corner
If religion becomes complicit in destructive behavior toward other humans, it’s representatives must be held accountable. The excuse that “God hates” this person or that person, is a criminal interpretation, it should be treated as such. .
Then again, Mother Nature may have other plans entirely separate from the human renters she has hosted. Nature has no concern for our castles and dreams when they only exploit her.
I look back upon this planet from the farthest place in our solar system. When things get hectic, I imagine sitting out on (what was once a planet) Pluto, and look back at earth. I see what the astronauts saw. There is a different perspective, when you see exactly how fragile we are on planet earth. The designs of humans, who live with and without their gods and prophets and saviors, take on a different meaning when taken in context of where we are with the universe. From spacecraft cameras, I spent years looking back at earth from space, day to night and back to day every 90 minutes, has changed my perspective. I cannot see myself or my neighbor. I cannot see the laughter and the tears that humans experience. I cannot see the castles or huts that humans build. I can only see a fragile ecosystem that is in a life sustaining cycle. Humans have been very fortunate. But, Earth has many cycles. Some of them are not hospitable to humans.
Humans are submerged in their own self satisfaction, both emotional and material. Emotion and spirituality are wonderful when they sustain the human spirit. Emotion and spirituality are horrible when they destroy the human spirit. Maybe the prophets of old figured out that humans would ultimately destroy their gift of spirit and forget they are but guests on this planet. Maybe earth’s history and human history have been ignored too long. The few who actually learned anything from the history of humans and their planet, have very weak voices compared with other humans who have selfish agendas. I have only one voice, and this blog is my megaphone.
BossKitty has learned that many things taught during childhood and young adulthood, were oversimplified and incomplete. What we teach our children must leave room for expansion, as understanding becomes more sophisticated.
I learned that some of the organizations I belonged to in my youth are very contrary to what my experience and discoveries have brought me to. Up With People was an offshoot of Moral Re-Armament and the Oxford Group, but I did not discover that until I started investigating. When Cast A took it’s show to Canada in 1969, we were picketed by hundreds of protesters and had to have a police escort. As a Cast A member, I learned more about my organization by reading Canadian newspaper accounts about the protest, than I did from the leaders of that organization. Up With People evolved from an old conservative political/evangelical religious movement founded by Frank Buchman who started the Ultra Conservative Oxford Group. As a former Cast A member of Up With People, my experience was life changing and eye opening. I will always be grateful for the expansion of my world view and multi cultural experiences. As different as all people look, speak or worship, we are all just people … who need each other to survive.
Always look at both sides of a debate. Read about the issues and compare them with how you live your life. Make the connection between what you do, what you use, how you get it and most of all, where it comes from. If you only understand your tiny link in the whole chain of consumption, you will not survive whatever is in store for all of us.
Politics is the insulation that determines if you will be comfortable or if you will suffer. Whatever you believe, there will always be someone there to exploit that belief. Politicians have fallen into the classic system of selling out to wealthy special interests, who demand special treatment.
Unfortunately, the politicians we elect seldom contribute to our collective survivability, they will more often contribute legislation that protects the biggest consumers to consume even more than they need. The only way to change that arrangement is to participate and vote for people who will actually represent you, and the rest of us, responsibly. Politicians who represent you, must also represent me and my neighbors and the whole country. Do your homework. Vote like your life depends on it.