When I was around 6 years old I became enthralled with, and started following, the Apollo space program and kept clippings of all the missions from the Winnipeg Free Press.
I remember watching the Apollo 11 landing on a black and white TV while my mother was visiting a friend in their trailer home. On that day I decided I wanted to be an astronaut and spent a ton of time researching how to do that at the local Portage la Prairie library.
Unfortunately back then only Americans were being selected for astronauts, most coming from the military. I got excited and optimistic when I found out that I could join the US military… my plan then became to join the US Air Force as a jet pilot and make my way into test pilot training and from there become an astronaut.
I researched the requirements to apply and was saddened to find out that my eyesight was not good enough to allow me to apply.
So in 1970 I had to give up my dream to go into space. But rather then become an astronaut I did the next best thing – I became an Engineer.
Recently it dawned on me that my dream to travel into space is a real possibility again…
So the dream is alive again!