WOW! Nice article in the Pantagraph about the fundraising auction! Click here to read it!
The old historic Allentown Union Hall (a.k.a. Allentown Hall) needs our help. It was structurally damaged over the winter months and if it is not repaired soon it will have to be torn down for safety reasons. The Allentown Hall was built in 1892 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are two ways that you can help save the Allentown Hall. You can donate something to the auction fundraiser or you can buy something from the auction fundraiser. Details about this auction fundraiser are on the attached flyer:
. Click here to view the auction flyer (2 page PDF)
Please contact either Gail Kruse at 309-925-5497 or Kory Rickett at 309-925-5085 if you wish to donate anything to the auction fundraiser. The auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday August 1, 2009 at 10 AM in the Tremont Community Building.
Oh yeah, they will accept monetary donations as well. Just mail your check to Allentown Union Hall Association, 15905 Uhlman Road, Tremont, IL 61568. Thanks for your help!
While at work today, I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Norris Gray, who helped bring Werner Von Braun and other German rocket scientists to the United States after WWII. He also helped launch the first Bumper rockets, which were derived from the German V-2 rockets, from Cape Canaveral.
Chief Gray, as everyone calls him, was the Fire Chief and Emergency Services Officer for the Bumper program here in Florida. He’s close to 90 years old now, but he’s as spry & spunky today as he was back in 1950 when he launched the first Bumper rockets from launch complex 3. He talks about his experiences and the history of the Spaceport with a gleam in his eye.
Today, Chief Gray often volunteers to support NASA’s KSC Press Site for launches and landings. He absolutely loves the space program. It was a real pleasure to meet and work with Chief Gray today and I hope to work more with him and hear more of his early spaceflight stories again soon.
Here are some good Internet links about Chief Gray: