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DChudwin
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posted 08-17-2013 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eugene F. Kranz, the legendary former head of Houston Mission Control, turns 80 years old today.

Gene was born in Toledo Ohio on August 17, 1933. He graduated in 1954 with an engineering degree from St. Louis University. After that he served in the Air Force, flying jets over Korea (after the armistice). He was hired by Chris Kraft to join NASA as a flight controller. He was promoted to a Flight Director position for GT-4 in June 1965. He went on to be the lead Flight Director for the odd numbered Apollo missions, including Apollo 11 and Apollo 13. His role in helping to save the Apollo 13 crew has been celebrated in books and movies.

Gene retained his military influences in running Mission Control, with his flat-top crew cut and insistence on high standards. His iconic white vest which he wore as Flight Director is in the Smithsonian.

A very Happy Birthday and many more!

ejectr
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posted 08-17-2013 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday to a great guy and a great American.

randy
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posted 08-17-2013 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My sentiments exactly! Happy Birthday Mr. Kranz, and many happy returns!

mach3valkyrie
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posted 08-17-2013 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy 80th Birthday Mr. Kranz, and many more!

Thanks for all you have done.

dss65
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posted 08-17-2013 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday to a true hero!

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Delta7
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posted 08-17-2013 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully, failure to have many more birthdays is not an option ...

Rob Joyner
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posted 08-17-2013 11:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the nicest guys I've ever met!

Kite
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posted 08-18-2013 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A belated Happy 80th Birthday Mr Kranz. Wishing you many more and we would love to have you visit us over here if at all possible.

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