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Old 03-25-2020, 11:00 AM
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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.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:13 PM
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I was in from 1969-1974. Dropped it for the college life because no money/no time. I thought about it for a couple of years and I then picked it back up in 1981 to 1987 and then dropped it again when #2 son was born and I lost my work room and also my launching time. When the oldest got into Scouts I saw the Space Ex MB and picked up the hobby again in 1995 and have not stopped since then.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:57 PM
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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.

I recently found that my 3 cans of Billy had overheated and burst in the attic

Probably not a great loss, but that was pretty much my entire collection


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Old 03-25-2020, 01:07 PM
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Was that mainly a '90s thing? An on going thing? Or a it comes and goes thing?

My first go-round was concurrent with the moon race. I got an Estes starter kit in the mail in the fall of 1969, as I recall. But by ~73 I had moved on to other interests.

The release of "October Sky" on video in the fall of 99 spurred me into BAR-dom. I ran out of gas around 2010, and have been more into cars of late. No classic rods in my driveway, but I've gotten quite proficient at working on them. That probably has more to do with having kids driving than anything else.

I now have two grand buddies, ages 5 and 6, who are asking questions about the rockets I have. So taking them out for a launch is on the horizon. I expect I won't necessarily get to cranking out a new bird each week any time soon, but I can see me getting more active while helping Noah and Graham thru some scratch Marks and Alphas



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Old 03-25-2020, 04:55 PM
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but I can see me getting more active while helping Noah and Graham thru some scratch Marks and Alphas



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When I was still active in Scouts, I always made the kids buy and build an Alpha. I showed them how to sand and attach the fins and several in each new group would get it right the first time and at least one or two would go on to build and fly more of them. It was fun.
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Old 03-25-2020, 06:01 PM
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My first go-round was concurrent with the moon race. I got an Estes starter kit in the mail in the fall of 1969, as I recall. But by ~73 I had moved on to other interests.

The release of "October Sky" on video in the fall of 99 spurred me into BAR-dom. I ran out of gas around 2010, and have been more into cars of late. No classic rods in my driveway, but I've gotten quite proficient at working on them. That probably has more to do with having kids driving than anything else.

I now have two grand buddies, ages 5 and 6, who are asking questions about the rockets I have. So taking them out for a launch is on the horizon. I expect I won't necessarily get to cranking out a new bird each week any time soon, but I can see me getting more active while helping Noah and Graham thru some scratch Marks and Alphas

And eventually a Midget or two.
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For me, started at age 12 in 1968, lasted until @1971 when I started High School. A brief return in 1972 with a good buddy. Off to college, but returned @ 1978, mostly with the stuff I'd saved from rounds 1 & 2. That lasted until @ 1983 (job change, divorce), but back for sure in 1987. So I guess I'm a late 80's BAR? Which, by the way, was the first time I'd heard the term.
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