Crown Point astronaut Col. Jerry Ross hasn't lived here in decades, but he keeps his Region roots strong nonetheless.
He credits his work ethic to his family and the atmosphere of Northwest Indiana.
“I got it from my folks and they got it from the environment there,” he said. “The work ethic – do the best you can, and don’t give up until you get done.”
Though his literally stellar career took him all around the world, and indeed beyond it, he still stays in contact with friends and family in Northwest Indiana.
“I had a wonderful career, but it took me away from those folks, and that’s one part of life I think I was short-changed on a little bit, just spending time with everybody,” he mused.
On his upcoming book tour, Col. Ross will be making stops throughout Northwest Indiana to sign books and interact with fans. He will also be visiting Crown Point’s Jerry Ross Elementary School, his namesake, to give a presentation to the school.
“I try to do that every three years so I don’t miss a single class that goes through,” he said.
In addition to visiting schools and libraries, Col. Ross plans to make a stop at one of his favorite restaurants.
“Teibel’s!” he exclaimed. “Perch and butter! Fried perch served with rendered butter and fries. Their slaw is great too, and their iced tea.”
“I try to make a stop a Teibel’s every time I come back home.”
But what does he miss most about his home state?
“I definitely miss the people,” he said. “I miss the four seasons, I really miss fall. I really miss the snap of the weather and the colors of the trees.”
Col. Ross currently lives near Houston, Tex.