I'm originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but moved to Florida in 1982 specifically to work on the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB's). Starting out as a Stock Clerk, I worked my way up becoming an Insulation Technician, followed by Mechanical Technician, then Refurbishment Technician where I was promoted to Master Technician. My job then was to travel all over KSC as THE problem solver and was often "kidnapped" by supervisors to lead and teach their crew how to work bravely, smart and with unquestionable quality. I received numerous NASA awards for my efforts. Always volunteering for the worst possible jobs to determine and implement more effective and safe methods for fellow workers, this led to failure of a NASA physical due to hearing loss. All my important NASA certifications allowing me to be a Tech were pulled about 2 weeks before a planned promotion to Lead Technician. I was an important piece in the Space Shuttle picture. Due to my success and knowledge, I was transferred to the Engineering Department, made an Engineering Aid, followed by promotions to Engineering Assistant, Engineer and finally Senior Mechanical Engineer constantly improving documentation, processes and assigned all the historically problem hardware processes. After 25 years and the stressful tasks of resolving problems after the Columbia investigation, my brain finally shut down, disabling me from any work. I'm now retired, enjoy playing golf, buying/selling/building/restoring golf equipment.