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Robert Pearlman

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What began with friends tinkering with their motorcycles resulted in Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne announcing today the creation of a unique educational legacy in memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia Astronauts.

"We lost seven of America's finest on February 1, 2003. But the spirit of Columbia lives on in a way that would make the Astronauts proud," Kempthorne said. "Together with President Bush, the nation's governors, and a volunteer team, we will inspire young Americans to take up where the explorations of the Columbia heroes stopped so tragically."

May 30-June 10 a one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson motorcycle -- a 2003, 100th Anniversary model Road Glide (FLTRI) autographed by the nation's leaders -- will be available for bidding on eBay. Proceeds will provide initial funding for the Space Shuttle Columbia Educational Legacy, an instructional program for middle school students to encourage careers in math and science and aerospace/aeronautical engineering.

The idea had its roots when, according to Motorcycling magazine, "Two buddies are sitting around a garage, admiring their motorcycles." Only this time, the scene just happened to occur between two rather influential friends in a position to make a difference."

Gov. Kempthorne, Chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA), handled arrangements with the NGA and governors. Public relations practitioner Barry McCahill of McCahill Communications, Inc. tackled the logistical and publicity elements.

Shuttle Endeavour Astronaut Joe F. Edwards, and CEO of the National Science Center, Inc., Augusta, GA, and "New York Myke" Shelby, owner of San Diego Harley-Davidson, were recruited to bring their talents to the effort.

According to Edwards, "The Legacy will provide a learning experience for young people from all states. Weeklong classes taught by a former Astronaut will be held each year in at least four geographical regions of the country."

Because of the enthusiasm among governors, Kempthorne asked President Bush to sign the motorcycle. "The President was thrilled to be included."

"After the motorcycle was featured on network television we received more than $311,000 in unexpected donations that we gave the Columbia families to help with educational and other expenses," McCahill said.

Shelby took the bike on a tour of popular motorcycling events around the country. "Everyone wanted to be photographed next to their governor's signature and the President's," he said.

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