tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post864931522075945330..comments2020-11-09T07_43_07.776-08_00Comments on Mike Brown's Planets: To the Moon, Five Years LaterUnknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger9125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post-66017947702659764502015-03-07T13_20_44.897-08_002015-03-07T13_20_44.897-08_00What a beautiful and poignant remembrance. I was ...What a beautiful and poignant remembrance. I was a little like your father as an engineer in the early, hectic, and exciting days of the early space efforts. Although my family has remained intact, I did neglect my father and I wish I could talk with him today. Fortunately my family has produced a beautiful and smart granddaughter, Samantha, and she might very well be studying under you at Caltech. I do hope one day she will remember me with the warmth and sensitivity that you have expressed about your early family life..<br /><br />Donald TrumboAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post-35022375405541105202014-12-02T09_33_05.750-08_002014-12-02T09_33_05.750-08_00Wow, Prof. Brown, what a touching and meaningful s...Wow, Prof. Brown, what a touching and meaningful story! The last three sentences say exactly the way I feel. My Dad has been gone for 14 years now and I wish I could tell him many things and especially to discuss many of the things going on in the world today - your work being one of those things.<br /><br />All the best to you and your family.Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16782516793747442539noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post-29769587132810857562014-05-09T13_38_46.526-07_002014-05-09T13_38_46.526-07_00Prof. Brown, Thanks a lot for sharing your person...Prof. Brown,<br /><br />Thanks a lot for sharing your personal history. When you mentioned that your father has worked with the computers on board of the Apollo spacecraft, I recalled a lecture I took about twenty-five years ago, during my graduate times. I enrolled in a class on database management systems (I have a PhD in Biological Sciences, but I have always had a strong interest in information technology and astronomy, so I took a few IT courses during graduation) and one day the instructor, lecturing about the then cutting-edge &#39;relational database model&#39; said: &quot;Codd published this model in 1970 but it took almost two decades before it got commercially adopted. *We got to the Moon without even knowing the relational database model -- and the Apollo computers worked quite well*&quot;. Well, I never forgot these words (and later came to learn that the Apollo project used PL/I as its main programming language, which today looks quite odd but that fact is that they worked, and *quite well* -- just compare the success of Apollo computers with the mess caused by programming errors which caused the failure of the Mars Climate Orbiter in 1999). To sum up: in a sense, I have perhaps got an indirect glimpse of your father&#39;s work via that database instructor comment.<br /><br />Best wishes,maurobiohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00244050472630810372noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post-43854899626751157412014-04-03T15_22_07.226-07_002014-04-03T15_22_07.226-07_00Thank you for this touching story and sage words. ...Thank you for this touching story and sage words. Maybe Lilah will treasure every moment she has with her daddy when she is able to understand what it means to be gone forever. <br /><br />Even planets, stars and galaxies die; nothing is forever. <br /><br />Perhaps you can make it a family tradition when the Moon is full, to gaze upon it and recite a poem or something that is special in honor of your pop. The Moon will then become a symbol of joy and harmony that will make your family appreciate loved ones (past and present) and make the universe a better place.<br /><br />May your dad rest in peace among the heavens.<br /><br /> G. Smithnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post-26212209485871810692014-03-20T15_09_16.065-07_002014-03-20T15_09_16.065-07_00Hi, Mike :0 &quot;Everybody dies. It&#39;s how y...Hi, Mike :0<br /><br />&quot;Everybody dies. It&#39;s how you lived that counts.&quot; - Conan the Barbarian.<br /><br />You sure are a good writer. Wish I could do that.mikeemmerthttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06086633057200198850noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post-63945507674568129022014-03-20T06_54_28.563-07_002014-03-20T06_54_28.563-07_00My goodness. This just made me cry. You are an a...My goodness. This just made me cry. You are an artist with words.Maurahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13597520268173110119noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post-81715892483563360962014-03-18T14_12_28.173-07_002014-03-18T14_12_28.173-07_00Hello Michael, I knew your Father in Huntsville, a...Hello Michael,<br />I knew your Father in Huntsville, and he would be so proud of you. This posting is beautiful. Thanks so much. Hard to believe its been 10 years.<br />Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post-83363814483788403822014-03-18T10_45_37.834-07_002014-03-18T10_45_37.834-07_00Thanks for sharing this. And you&#39;re right. Y...Thanks for sharing this. And you&#39;re right. Your dad would be proudAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-9094742788006644220.post-63744752972812756912014-03-18T04_55_10.226-07_002014-03-18T04_55_10.226-07_00Hi Mike, Thanks for sharing your memories, anecdot...Hi Mike, Thanks for sharing your memories, anecdotes, and reminiscences. You have a lot of your father in you but I believe you are more successful in that you have learned from your father what was and is important in your life and your family&#39;s.<br /><br />Best Wishes,<br />MichaelAnonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06011113916097021401noreply@blogger.com