In November of 2018, I went back to JSC to participate in the sendoff of one my old FDO buddies as he retired. It was great seeing so many familiar faces again. But, after lunch, my old office mate (Big Bird!) took me on-site to the old MCC stomping grounds. Afterwards, we went back up the FDO offices where we had spent so many years “doing space stuff”.
Bookshelves full of old FDO Console Log Books were there, like some old nearly-forgotten library of some of the really cool stuff we did.
I easily spotted some of the flights when I was Lead FDO – including my last flight, STS-86. With some pretty heartstring-tugging nostalgia, I opened the book, flipping through pages and remembering writing these entries like it was yesterday.
When I got to the page documenting my final shift, though, it kinda got to me for a minute. I remember the feelings of that day… knowing I’d never wear the headset again. Knowing that I was making a huge life-altering decision.
I took a picture of that last page – that’s my handwriting (in black ink) from the top of the page through my signature at MET 8/19:48.