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ISDC 2007, Part II

There was much of interest in the program of the ISDC, but I missed seeing most of it and much of what I did see was covered at the time by Glenn Reynolds and Rand Simberg among others. As I have noted before, I am part of the National Space Society management so I see a very different face of the conference than most attendees. Much of my time there would be terribly unexciting to write about. I very much doubt a detailed discussion of the 2009 conference site selection meetings, presentations, politics and such would be of a great deal of interest.

Today i will look at the May 26th evening of the conference via candid shots of the people and proceedings.

There is more to the space movement than rocket science. Art and music also have a place. We have had Space Art shows at every ISDC I have attended, which is all but four.

Space Art Show
We had a fine Space Art show, thanks to Teresa Patterson and Kaz.
Photo: copyright Dale Amon, All Rights Reserved

We have had everything from John Denver (speaking only) to a Space Improv Theater group. At the one I ran years ago, we even had a ballet dance interpretation of Zero G done to a live electronic music performance. As one would expect, there are often filkers lurking about ready to spice up a party with “Home, Home on Lagrange” or “Ron, Ron, Ron, Deuteron, Ron, Ron Ron”.

I caught Rand Simberg, Glenn Reynolds and Alan Boyle chatting before the awards banquet on Saturday evening. Oh, and there was a former head of NASA Ames with us as well, just outside of the picture. I discovered he is a professional musician on the side so we hit it off quite well.

Glenn Reynolds, Rand Simberg and Alan Boyle
Why is it bloggers always seem to congregate in the bar?
Photo: copyright Dale Amon, All Rights Reserved

The NSS annual award banquet is a big event for our community. We have several major awards: the Heinlein Award, a working model brass cannon on a hardwood base; the O’Neill award, a space colony replica; The Space Pioneer Awards, pewter lunar globes; and finally the Von Braun Award. The Heinlein and Von Braun alternate years. Both men were intimately involved with the founding branches of our society so this is a fitting way for NSS to honour extraordinary members of the space community.

Steve Squires receives the Von Braun Award.
Our Chairman of the Board of Directors (an Aussie), Kirby Ikin, bestows one of our highest honours upon Dr. Steve Squires of JPL.
Photo: copyright Dale Amon, All Rights Reserved

Weeks before the event Mark Hopkins, one of our senior officers, asked if I could snap photos at the awards banquet. Even though there was a professional photographer, with equipment to die for also talking pictures in front of the podium, I did not realize I was being set up until my name was called…

Dale Amon  receives an Exceptional Service Award.
Mark Hopkins bestows the NSS Exceptional Service Award upon a very surprised me.
Photo: copyright Dale Amon, All Rights Reserved

After the banquet came the receptions and a mobile party which finally settled in, with the tolerance of the hotel, in a 15th floor meeting area. This one lasted until dawn I believe, but I had to be up for the morning sessions so I only stayed until 3am. Or so.

Robin will build rockets for food
Some of our people are very dedicated to getting off the planet.
Photo: copyright Dale Amon, All Rights Reserved

Excuse the darkness but I preferred that to the loss of mood my flash causes. I loath flash shots and do them as little as I can. Perhaps someday I will own a camera that is fast enough to match my photgraphic tastes. Stabilization during long exposures would be nice…

The party was brought to us by the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) with a bit of assistance from our expert speaker to hotel staff.

SEDS crowd
Serious partiers… check.
Photo: copyright Dale Amon, All Rights Reserved
SEDS party
Food… check..
Photo: copyright Dale Amon, All Rights Reserved
SEDS party
Alcohol… check.
6ft 4in Dallas conference chair in a white cowboy hat???… check.
Photo: copyright Dale Amon, All Rights Reserved
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3 comments to ISDC 2007, Part II

  • White hat? The conference chair didn’t have no white hat! I’m actually in the first photo, one of the Serious Partiers, leaning against the bar in the black baseball cap chatting up the young Ms. Stiles to my immediate right (in a white jacket and largely hidden from view).

    White hat (snicker). As if!

    (The Man in the Big Black Beaumont)

  • Dale Amon

    Then who was in the white hat? Ed Wright maybe? But he’s not that tall.

  • Von Braun?
    “We aim for the stars..”

    but sometimes we hit London.