LIKE THE FEMALE SCIENTISTS PORTRAYED IN HIDDEN FIGURES, MARY SHERMAN MORGAN WAS ANOTHER UNSUNG HEROINE OF THE SPACE AGE—NOW HER STORY IS FINALLY TOLD.
This is the extraordinary true story of America's first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan's crucial contribution to launching America's first satellite and the author's labyrinthine journey to uncover his mother's lost legacy--one buried deep under a lifetime of secrets political, technological, and personal.
In 1938, a young German rocket enthusiast named Wernher von Braun had dreams of building a rocket that could fly him to the moon. In Ray, North Dakota, a young farm girl named Mary Sherman was attending high school. In an age when girls rarely dreamed of a career in science, Mary wanted to be a chemist. A decade later the dreams of these two disparate individuals would coalesce in ways neither could have imagined.
World War II and the Cold War space race with the Russians changed the fates of both von Braun and Mary Sherman Morgan. When von Braun and other top engineers could not find a solution to the repeated failures that plagued the nascent US rocket program, North American Aviation, where Sherman Morgan then worked, was given the challenge. Recognizing her talent for chemistry, company management turned the assignment over to young Mary.
In the end, America succeeded in launching rockets into space, but only because of the joint efforts of the brilliant farm girl from North Dakota and the famous German scientist. While von Braun went on to become a high-profile figure in NASA's manned space flight, Mary Sherman Morgan and her contributions fell into obscurity--until now.
With its hill and valley terrain, Pennsylvania is adrift with great sledding spots. Every town and neighborhood has that one special hill that attracts all the kids with their sleds, saucers, tubes and snowboards. Growing up in western Schuylkill County, for my group it was the gun club hill, which was a pretty good trek outside of town. and, in those every now and then years of a heavy ice-crusting atop the snow, the never-ending slide across miles of farmers' fields. If you have a favorite sledding spot – today or in your childhood memories – please share it in the comments section at the end of this post. If you have sledding photos you want to share, send them, with photographer's name and details about the location and people in the photo, to outdoor and nature writer Marcus Schneck at mschneck@pennlive. In addition to those local hotspots, state parks, county parks, ski resorts and others have developed special sledding and tubing areas to expand their wintertime appeal to visitors. Codorus State Park, Hanover: 500-foot sledding slope at the upper end of Chapel Cove, just off Rt. 216. It's steep and a sledder can build up considerable speed. A gentler slope is available on Pigeon Hill in the Marina Day Use Area. Lewis State Park, near Wrightsville: Several areas of Mt. Pisgah, an 885-foot-high ridge, are great for sledding. Bald Eagle State Park, Howard: About five acres of cleared hillside allows for a 1,320-foot run. Little Pine State Park, Waterville: Two acres of slopes extend across the lake, but four inches of ice must cover the lake before the run is opened. Fort Washington State Park, Fort Washington: 400-slip near Lot 5 in the Militia Hill Day Use Area. Marsh Creek State Park, Downingtown: About seven acres of slopes are by the picnic area in the East Launch. Laurel Hill State Park, Somerset: Sledding hill in the field loop area of the campground is lighted on weekend nights for sledders. Chapman State Park, Clarendon: A seven-acre groomed slope on the western side of the park is lighted until 10 p. m. Other state parks that specifically feature sledding hills include Clear Creek, Sigel. French Creek, Elverson. Hills Creek, Wellsboro. Kettle Creek, Renovo. Locust Lake, Barnesville. Ohiopyle, Ohiopyle. Pymatuning, Pymatuning. Raccoon Creek, Hookstown. Ridley Creek, Media. Ryerson Station, Wind Ridge. Shawnee, Schellsburg: Tuscarora, Barnesville. and Yellow Creek, Penn Run. A query to several groups on Facebook produced these. Source: blog.pennlive.com
Ashley Edwards, 19, of Hampden Twp., goes airborne while sledding at Creekview Park in Hampden Twp. JOE HERMITT, The Patriot-News A query to several groups on Facebook produced these additional recommendations: Reservoir Park, Harrisburg; Lower
Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who voted against TPP fast-track authority in the summer, warns that without that footnote, the U.S. would be threatened by lawsuits if it rejects a foreign investment on security grounds. But TPP champions and other experts
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SHERMAN, N.Y.: Rob Vance, 7 p.m. BOBBY's PLACE: Johnny Shambles and the Midnight Terrors, Wave Trails IRISH COUSINS: Grunge Monkey SUNFLOWER CLUB: Necessary Experience, 8:30 p.m. EDINBORO HOTEL: Jesse Weston, 6 to 9 p.m. MOUND GROVE, WATERFORD: Cheap 'n ...
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