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Originally Posted by Feyd
This is an interesting thread.

I first started in rocketry after the 1977 National Scout Jamboree. I watched the other kids
doing the launch for the Space Exploration Merit Badge (found out about it too late). When
I got home I went to the local hobby shop and bought a simple launch setup and rocket. I
don't remember when I stopped, but it was probably about the time I went to college in 1981.

I used to launch my rockets on the golf course by my house. There were two fairways close
together which gave me a pretty good landing area for A and B engines. We just had to watch
out for golf balls!

I got back into it several years ago and amassed quite a collection of rockets. I haven't built
anything for a while now since I've been consumed in another hobby - laser engraving. I've
also been spending a lot of time running and training for Obstacle Racing (Spartan, Tough
Mudder, etc) which I've been doing since 2011.

I'm a hobby collector. I've done many things over the years, including stamp collecting,
beer can collecting (an odd hobby for a very young boy), plastic models, Boy Scout patches,
model rockets, obstacle racing, laser engraving, various sports, etc. Too many to count.
I'm probably like most of you all, I need something to keep me busy - I can't just lie around
on the couch watching TV all day. I'd be bored stiff.

I think the beer can collecting was a product of the time. I started in 1976-77 and I still have friends who keep up with it heavily. Two of the guys can't get through their heads that they are now friends, so they insist that I go with them to beer can shows. I occasionally buy a tray if I find something old and local, but one of the guys will literally spend hundreds of dollars on a particular can. Blows my mind. Sometimes it's not so bad to be cheap.
Bill Eichelberger
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I miss being SAM 0058

Build floor: Estes Low Boom SST, Red River Stratos, Semroc Laser X, Semroc S.P.E.V

Rediscovered: Semroc SLS Laser X

In paint: Centuri Stellar Hercules, Estes Monarch, Estes Nike Apache, Quest Intruder, Semroc Egg Crate, Semroc Recruiter, Semroc Thunder Chief

Body shop: Estes Jayhawk

Ready to fly: Estes Astron Sky Hook, Estes Nova Scout Ship, FSI Dart, Red River USS Prometheus, Semroc Point
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