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Bill Troutwine: My Second Chance
Adair Countian first met and was photographed with Astronaut Charlie Duke in 2010. The photographs would have been treasured mementos, but Bill Troutwine found, after he got home, that something was wrong with his camera. But things have a way of working out, as this story shows.
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By Bill Troutwine
Yesterday, February 6, 2014, Barry Bradshaw, Minister of Barnett's Creek United Methodist Church, and I were fortunate enough to be invited to a dinner at St. John's United Methodist Church in Prospect, KY. where Astronaut Charlie Duke was Guest Speaker.
Charlie Duke one of only 12 people to ever walk on the moon
Charlie Duke is one of only 12 people to ever walk on the moon. He was Commander of the lunar lander on Apollo 16, and was the 10th person to leave his footprints on the moon's surface. When Neil Armstrong uttered those famous words "One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind" Charlie Duke was the answering voice in Houston. Charlie and his crew was also the backup crew for Apollo 13, had Jim Lovell and his crew been disqualified for any reason.
When it was time to launch Apollo 16, after many years of training and waiting, Charlie and his crew finally got their chance to go into space and actually go to the moon. After viewing earth from space, and actually walking around on the moon Charlie became a devout Christian, as did many of the other astronauts.
First met Charlie in November 2010
I first met Charlie in November, 2010. At Cape Kennedy, FL. A good friend of mine is a friend and hunting buddy of Charlie Duke's. Charlie invited my friend to be his guest for the last launch of the space shuttle Discovery. My friend invited me to tag along as his guest.
As Charlie's guests, we were given the VIP tour of the entire space center, and we were even given a ride in the space shuttle training simulator. Being an aviation nut this was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life.
There were only two down sides to this great experience. One was, due to the weather, the launch was postponed in the last few hours before lift off, and the other was I got some great pictures, several of which was of Charlie and me together. Unfortunately when I got home something was wrong with my camera and I discovered all my pictures were lost.
Really bummed out over losing that set of pictures
My friend knew how bummed out I was about losing all my pictures so he called me the other day, and told me Charlie was going to be guest speaker to his church men's group and if I wanted another chance to get some pictures with Charlie, and get to see him again, he was inviting me, and I could bring a friend to join their men's group for dinner with guest Charlie Duke.
Thanks to Tim Conway (no kin to the comedian) I got a second chance to again get pictures with one of the greatest heroes of our time. - BILL TROUTWINE
This story was posted on 2014-02-09 07:52:13
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