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Old December 23rd, 2014, 05:04 PM   #1

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MY SPACE RACE ...in a world of spin-offs


Part 1:

In the last thirty years of my autobiographical writing, 1984 to 2014, I have used many templates or frameworks, devices and arrangements, patterns and plans, in which to provide a perspective on my life-narrative. The template or framework below involves the space race.

The 'Space Race' was a 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union and the United States, for supremacy in spaceflight capability. The race took place from 1955 to 1972. The technological superiority required for such supremacy was seen as necessary for national security, and it was also symbolic of ideological superiority. This 'Space Race' spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, unmanned probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.

The competition began on August 2, 1955, when the Soviet Union responded to the US announcement four days earlier of their intent to launch artificial satellites for the International Geophysical Year, by declaring they would also launch a satellite "in the near future". The Soviet Union beat the US to this, with the October 4, 1957 launch of Sputnik 1. The competition peaked with the July 20, 1969 US landing of the first humans on the Moon with Apollo 11, and it concluded in a period of détente with the April 1972 agreement on a co-operative Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, resulting in the July 1975 rendezvous in Earth orbit of a US astronaut crew with a Soviet cosmonaut crew.1

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This space race was part of the back-drop of my life from the age of 11 to 31. In the northern summer of 1955 I was about to enter grade 4 and to begin my 9 year baseball career from late childhood to late adolescence. My mother had also just begun to take me along to what were then called, and still are, "Baha'i firesides".

In the southern winter of 1975 I was lecturing at the Box Hill Institute of Technical and Further Education in Melbourne Australia, and I was the secretary of a small Baha'i group in Kew Victoria, and just about to enter my second marriage. In 1969 I was teaching primary school in Canada when the first men landed on the moon, and in 1972 I was teaching high school in Australia when a more cooperative relationship between the USA and the USSR began.

Those two decades were a period of vast change in my life-narrative from being a primary school student in Canada to a university graduate and, as I say above, on my way to a second marriage which, by December 1975, had two children, and in Melbourne Australia. I won't give you chapter and verse of all the major events of those two decades in either the space race or in my own life-race.

I will mention, though, that those 20 years were a period of the exploration and the defining, the emerging and the consolidating of my raison d'etre, my modus operandi, my modus vivendi, my cosmology, my personal mythology, my religious and philosophical position, a position I still hold as I go through my 70s.2-Ron Price with thanks to 1Wikipedia, and 2Pioneering Over Five Epochs, 23/12/'14.

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The Space Race had its origins
in the missile-based arms race
that occurred following WWII,
when both the Soviet Union &
the United States captured the
advanced German technology
and personnel....In those years
I went from the age of 1 to 10:
my personal life-race was on!!

The Space Race has also left a
legacy of communications, and
weather satellites, a continuing
human space presence on that
International Space Station. It
has also sparked many spending
increases on education & research
development which led to a host of
beneficial spin-off technologies in
the years of my life: 1973 to 2014,
as my own life continued its spin....

Ron Price
23/12/'14.

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Ron you get a couple of songs.



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Bwaha...what a delight.....advance 3 squares and pick a card.-Ron Price, Australia
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Well since you enjoyed the last two can I entertain you with two more?



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I had just been hired to teach in a rural school in Ontario on 16 July 1969. This video was mnemonic. Thanks....ron
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Use them as tools to teach. My specialty is obscure and I'd rather not discus it.

Look at arXiv.org e-Print archive as a fun place to poke around in.
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I spent 32 years in a classroom as a teacher and another 18 as as student. After half a century in those little boxes, I am now retired and on a pension. Videos like these would have been very useful; sadly they were not available back then.-Ron
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I'd like to read more of this Ron. That's if you want to share. What a great age to grow up in. Not that this isn't, but still... Seems like back then you could still have the illusion of being able to understand the world.
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You make an interesting comment about the complexity of the modern world, Zeno. The world I grew-up in from the 1940s to the 1960s was certainly simpler. I'll post a personal reflection or two on this aspect of my life-narrative and that of society's in the last 70 years.-Ron Price, Tasmania
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Item #1:

In our complex world it is somewhat presumptuous to claim to possess any wisdom. Virtually all of whatever wisdom is mine was obtained from others: from reading, from observing and, as I say, from learning by my mistakes. I leave it to readers to assess the evidence of any wisdom or lack of it in the lengthy statements I make in my general writings---which readers can now access in cyberspace if they are interested. In some ways, I feel I have only made a start along this lengthy path of wisdom acquisition.

Go to my website by googling these words: Pioneering Over Five Epochs. Then go to the sub-section on Autobiography: http://www.ronpriceepoch.com/auto.html This will lead you to the link to my annual letters for 2011 to 2015.
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Preamble:

The life and ideas, writings and analysis of the Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius(121 to 180 A.D.) and the British historian Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) taught me at various times from my university days(1963-1967) to the years of my retirement from all FT, PT and casual-volunteer work(2006-2012) by their example. I still worked for several causes, mostly in cyberspace and to some extent in real space. These were causes to which I have been committed for various lengths of time from the 1950s to this second decade of the 21st century.

These two historians, philosophers and poets taught me, or at least I learned by reading their works, how good and how pleasant it is for a writer and author, a poet and publisher, an editor and researcher, an online journalist and blogger---like myself to declare his gratitude to those in his life whose words and sentences, lives and actions, found their way inexplicably into his life and, he likes to think, into his soul.

Wishing to delight myself, in part because I am a writer and author, I now give my expression of thanks for the virtues and actions of those who have lived with me in the privacy of my inner chamber and in my social life, to those many sources of meaning and pleasure which have enriched my life. I now want to thank those who have helped me rise, at least partly, from the prison of self to some of the glorious meads above and, at least to some extent, from this mortal cage unto parts of the paradise of the Placeless.(3) -Ron Price with the deepest appreciation for (1)Baha’u’llah’s Hidden Words, Persian, # 36, and (3) #39; and (2) Baha’u’llah, Tablet of the True Seeker, Gleanings, Baha’i Pub. Trust, Wilmette, 1956(1939), p. 264.

I first came across the statements of appreciation & acknowledgement that the above two wonderful writers, to whom I have been indebted for their writings, had expressed to those to whom they were indebted nearly 50 years ago. It is high time for me to express my own thanks and acknowledgements in relation to my indebtedness to: others, to people, places and things, in my life. This statement is now some 40,000 words and 120 pages, using font-14, in length--hence the need for readers to glance lightly at this document, skim or scan, read every word, if they are so inclined or, as I say above, just not read the following.-Ron Price, Statement of Thanks and Acknowledgements, last updated on 25/1/'13. (I no longer have the website for this)

Preamble #2:

This statement follows many paths and includes many approaches to the overall view, the comprehensive presentation and picture of my thanks and acknowledgements. Some readers will find this recitation, this account, far too circuitous, far too lengthy and detailed for their liking. I write this piece mainly for my own interest and, if readers find it also of interest, so much the better.

One could go on endlessly, on such a topic, thanking the universe for staying in its place and not wandering out of balance, thanking all the asteroids for not running into our planet, and on and on might go some litany by a writer who writes compulsively as I have come to do to some extent in this the evening of my life---having retired from FT, PT and as much volunteer work as possible and having also limited my social engagements to a minimum.

One must draw the line somewhere, and I have done so below. Like all such statements, it is a quite personal and idiosyncratic one.-Ron Price, Australia, written over the period 24 October 2012 to 25 January 2013 in the second-half of my 69th year.
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Part 1:
with a Soviet cosmonaut crew.1
what do you mean? was that the crew number 1 of soviet cosmonauts?

Do not take my word as a criticism but it is a typical feature in the western literature about space race to leave out 1961 the moment when the first human got to the space
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