OFF BEAT

OFFBEAT: Times readers offer astronaut updates and reminders

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2014-02-16T00:00:00Z 2014-02-17T10:42:25Z OFFBEAT: Times readers offer astronaut updates and remindersBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

A story I wrote last weekend about area claim-to-fame astronaut Jerry Ross prompted some great reader feedback.

"Hi Philip: Just a quick note to say I really enjoyed your story about Jerry Ross' induction into the ASF Hall of Fame. I've been to a number of these induction ceremonies with the ASF, and they are wonderful, indeed. Jerry's induction is long overdue and I am glad to see it. As a resident of Dyer, I also wanted to make you are aware of my forthcoming book about space titled "Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program" ($39.95 MIT Press, March 2014). I co-wrote it with best selling business and marketing author David Meerman Scott. We conceived of the idea of the book while at one of the ASF astronaut gatherings almost four years ago, and it has been a labor of love bringing this book to publication. Pre-publication demand and interest has been so strong, that MIT has already ordered a second printing, and Robert Stone, an Emmy and Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker has optioned the rights to the book. All the best, Richard Jurek."

And further

Reader Jack Brix also offered the following reminder to me after reading my story about Ross: "Let's not forget Col. Frank Borman of Gemini 7 and Apollo 8, who was from Gary, Ind!"

Thank you Jack. Borman celebrates his 86th birthday next month on March 14. He resides with his wife Susan Borman in Bighorn, Montana. They have two sons, Edwin and Frederick Borman.

A month later

As promised, here's an update about our local contestants competing in the 2014 Seattle Sutton Slim Down Challenge. Here's Week 4 results:

Annette Walker, 57 of Gary, STARTING WEIGHT: 235, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 12

Jessica Mignard, 31, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 196.6, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 20

Linda Adams, 46, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 204.8, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 8

Lon Saloman, 45, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 269, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 26

Maureen Anleitner, 60, of Chesterton, STARTING WEIGHT: 225, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 12

Michael Adams, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 247, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 24

Dr. Michael Perez., 46, of Munster, STARTING WEIGHT: 256, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 29

Rebekah Cowan, 50, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 181, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 14

Sue Kiefer, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 182, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 21

Tim Kreke, 62, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 264, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FOUR WEEKS: 27

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Movies & Theater

Movies

Enter your Zip code below to see local movie listings:

TV Listings

Enter your ZIP code below to see local listings.
Get weekly ads via e-mail

Featured Businesses