Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jason Bertoch - charged with Domestic Violence - Pled "no contest" - probation

Jason Bertoch, Utah, Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain
already on LDSPlanet
SARATOGA SPRINGS JUSTICE COURT

UTAH COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH

SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY vs. JASON BERTOCH 

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

Charge 1 - 76-5-102 - ASSAULT Class B Misdemeanor

Offense Date: May 23, 2016

Plea: July 29, 2016 No Contest

Disposition: July 29, 2016 Plea in abeyance

Charge 2 - 76-5-109.1(2)(C) - DOM VIOL IN THE PRESENCE OF A

CHILD Class B Misdemeanor

Offense Date: May 23, 2016

Plea: July 29, 2016 No Contest

Disposition: July 29, 2016 Plea in abeyance

Charge 3 - 76-5-109.1(2)(C) - DOM VIOL IN THE PRESENCE OF A

CHILD Class B Misdemeanor

Offense Date: May 23, 2016

Disposition: July 29, 2016 Dismissed (w/o prej)

This case involves domestic violence.

Defendant - JASON BERTOCH

Represented by: KEVIN S VANDER WERFF

Plaintiff - SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY

Bondsman - BREAKING BAD BAIL BONDS

Defendant Name: JASON BERTOCH

Offense tracking number: 44431591

Date of Birth: October 10, 1975

Law Enforcement Agency: SARATOGA SPRINGS PD

LEA Case Number: 16SS03762

Officer Name: J (SS) FRAME

Prosecuting Agency: SARATOGA SPRINGS

Citation Number: S10759424

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 1

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

TOTAL REVENUE Amount Due: 500.00

Amount Paid: 0.00

Credit: 0.00

Balance: 500.00

PAPER BOND TOTALS Posted: 1,940.05

Forfeited: 0.00

Exonerated: 1,940.05

Balance: 0.00

REVENUE DETAIL - TYPE: PLEA ABEY. MISDMNR

Amount Due: 500.00

Amount Paid: 0.00

Amount Credit: 0.00

Balance: 500.00

NONMONETARY BOND DETAIL - TYPE: Surety

Posted By: BREAKING BAD BAIL BONDS (#160092)

Posted: 1,940.05

Forfeited: 0.00

Exonerated: 1,940.05

Balance: 0.00

Cit. Issued:05/23/2016 Reported:05/25/2016 J2560 #1 J (SS)

05-23-16 **** PRIVATE **** Filed: Citation (copy)

05-25-16 Judge CAROLYN E HOWARD assigned.

05-25-16 ARRAIGNMENT scheduled on June 03, 2016 at 11:00 AM in CITY

COUNCIL CHAMBER with Judge HOWARD.

05-25-16 Filed: Utah County Bail Commissioner's Release Form

05-25-16 Filed: Utah County Jail Release Agreement

05-26-16 ARRAIGNMENT rescheduled to June 03, 2016 at 02:30 PM in CITY

COUNCIL CHAMBER with Judge HOWARD.

05-26-16 Note: Due to a conflict with Judge Howard on this case, it has

been set for a time that a pro tem Judge can come. Notice

mailed to all parties.

05-26-16 Filed: Notice for Case 161800104 ID 11543733

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 2

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

05-31-16 Filed: BREAKING BAD BAIL BONDS 1940.05

05-31-16 Bond Account created Total Due: 1940.05

05-31-16 Bond Posted Non-Monetary Bond: 1,940.05

06-02-16 Note: Defendant's attorney called to confirm court date and

time. Stated he will file appearance on the record

tomorrow in court.

06-03-16 Filed: Enhancement Notices

06-03-16 Filed order: Domestic Violence Pre-Trial Criminal Protective

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed June 03, 2016

06-03-16 Judge DOUG NIELSEN assigned.

06-03-16 Note: Jail Release Agreement Expired

06-03-16 Minute Entry - ARRAIGNMENT

Judge: DOUG NIELSEN

Clerk: amalieo

Prosecutor: SCHAEFFER-BULLOCK, KELLY N

Defendant pro se

Advised of rights and penalties.

The defendant is advised of right to counsel.

Defendant is arraigned.

The defendant is advised that this offense may be used as an

enhancement to the penalties for a subsequent offense.

Defendant signed the enhancement notice.

Jail Release Agreement will expire upon appearance.

Pre-Trial Protective Order will issue.

Pre-Trial conference will be scheduled for a future date.

06-06-16 Filed order: ARRAIGNMENT

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 3

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

Signed June 06, 2016

06-06-16 Filed protective order: Pre-Trial Protective Order

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed June 06, 2016

06-08-16 PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE scheduled on July 08, 2016 at 02:30 PM in

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER with Judge NIELSEN.

06-08-16 Filed: Notice for Case 161800104 ID 11575122

06-21-16 Filed: Appearance of Counsel, Entry of Plea and Demand for Jury

06-21-16 Filed: Formal Request for Discovery Pursuant to Rule 16 of the

Rules of Criminal Procedure

06-30-16 Note: Deputy from Sheriff's office called to confirm court date

and time.

07-08-16 Note: Rocky Mountain Assenders called to change court date

since he can't get an attorney to the court house, he

will try and will let defendant know of the situation

07-08-16 PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE scheduled on July 29, 2016 at 02:30 PM in

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER with Judge NIELSEN.

07-08-16 Filed: Notice for Case 161800104 ID 11658094

07-08-16 Minute Entry - PTC

Judge: DOUG NIELSEN

Clerk: adriennd

Defendant not present

Neither the defendant nor his defense counsel were present. Clerk

at the window received a call at 2:05 pm today from Rocky Mountain

Defenders informing the court that their office was unable to come.

Clerk informed them of the conflict judge coming.

Judge Nielsen arrived and said that a new date could be set for

7/29/16 at 2:30. Notice to be mailed.

PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE is scheduled.

Date: 07/29/2016

Time: 02:30 p.m.

Location: CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER

1307 N COMMERCE DRIVE STE 200

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 4

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT 84045

before Judge DOUG NIELSEN

07-11-16 Filed order: PTC

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed July 11, 2016

07-11-16 **** PROTECTED **** Filed: Discovery Response

07-20-16 Filed: Information

07-22-16 Note: pretrial conference undeliverable as addressed

07-28-16 Note: Defendant phoned to verify court date/time.

07-29-16 Filed order: Domestic Violence Criminal Plea in Abeyance

Protective Order

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed July 29, 2016

07-29-16 Bond Exonerated -1,940.05

07-29-16 Charge 1 Disposition is Plea in abeyanc

07-29-16 Charge 2 Disposition is Plea in abeyanc

07-29-16 Charge 3 Disposition is Dismissed (w/o

07-29-16 Note: Domestic violence charge dismissal reason - Agreement

both parties

07-29-16 Filed: Suncrest court referral form

07-29-16 Fee Account created Total Due: 500.00

07-29-16 Minute Entry - CHANGE OF PLEA

Judge: DOUG NIELSEN

Clerk: amalieo

Prosecutor: SCHAEFFER-BULLOCK, KELLY N

Defendant's Attorney(s): VANDER WERFF, KEVIN S

Court advises defendant of rights and penalties.

Defendant waives time for sentence.

The defendant is advised that this offense may be used as an

enhancement to the penalties for a subsequent offense.

Defendant signed the enhancement notice.

PLEA IN ABEYANCE

Defendant's plea is held in abeyance.

Defendant waives time for sentence.

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 5

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

Conditions of Agreement:

Defendant is ordered to obey all laws, state, local, and federal,

and have no further violations during the plea in

abeyance/diversion period.

Defendant is to notify the court of a current address at all times,

and report to the court when notified by mail, or a warrant may

Defendant is ordered to pay court costs, fines and fees as directed

PLEA IN ABEYANCE ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS

Defendant to complete Substance Abuse Evaluation within 60 days and

provide proof of completion. Defendant to remain in compliance with

any recommended treatment. Treatment recommendations or counseling

to be completed within 11 months.

Tracking review date for Plea in Abeyance: 07/29/2017

- PLEA ABEY. MISDMNR fee of $500.00 assessed - Payor: BERTOCH

07-29-16 Filed order: CHANGE OF PLEA

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed July 29, 2016

Jason Bertoch - charged with Domestic Violence - Pled "no contest" - probation

already on LDSPlanet
SARATOGA SPRINGS JUSTICE COURT

UTAH COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH

SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY vs. JASON BERTOCH 

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

Charge 1 - 76-5-102 - ASSAULT Class B Misdemeanor

Offense Date: May 23, 2016

Plea: July 29, 2016 No Contest

Disposition: July 29, 2016 Plea in abeyance

Charge 2 - 76-5-109.1(2)(C) - DOM VIOL IN THE PRESENCE OF A

CHILD Class B Misdemeanor

Offense Date: May 23, 2016

Plea: July 29, 2016 No Contest

Disposition: July 29, 2016 Plea in abeyance

Charge 3 - 76-5-109.1(2)(C) - DOM VIOL IN THE PRESENCE OF A

CHILD Class B Misdemeanor

Offense Date: May 23, 2016

Disposition: July 29, 2016 Dismissed (w/o prej)

This case involves domestic violence.

Defendant - JASON BERTOCH

Represented by: KEVIN S VANDER WERFF

Plaintiff - SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY

Bondsman - BREAKING BAD BAIL BONDS

Defendant Name: JASON BERTOCH

Offense tracking number: 44431591

Date of Birth: October 10, 1975

Law Enforcement Agency: SARATOGA SPRINGS PD

LEA Case Number: 16SS03762

Officer Name: J (SS) FRAME

Prosecuting Agency: SARATOGA SPRINGS

Citation Number: S10759424

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 1

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

TOTAL REVENUE Amount Due: 500.00

Amount Paid: 0.00

Credit: 0.00

Balance: 500.00

PAPER BOND TOTALS Posted: 1,940.05

Forfeited: 0.00

Exonerated: 1,940.05

Balance: 0.00

REVENUE DETAIL - TYPE: PLEA ABEY. MISDMNR

Amount Due: 500.00

Amount Paid: 0.00

Amount Credit: 0.00

Balance: 500.00

NONMONETARY BOND DETAIL - TYPE: Surety

Posted By: BREAKING BAD BAIL BONDS (#160092)

Posted: 1,940.05

Forfeited: 0.00

Exonerated: 1,940.05

Balance: 0.00

Cit. Issued:05/23/2016 Reported:05/25/2016 J2560 #1 J (SS)

05-23-16 **** PRIVATE **** Filed: Citation (copy)

05-25-16 Judge CAROLYN E HOWARD assigned.

05-25-16 ARRAIGNMENT scheduled on June 03, 2016 at 11:00 AM in CITY

COUNCIL CHAMBER with Judge HOWARD.

05-25-16 Filed: Utah County Bail Commissioner's Release Form

05-25-16 Filed: Utah County Jail Release Agreement

05-26-16 ARRAIGNMENT rescheduled to June 03, 2016 at 02:30 PM in CITY

COUNCIL CHAMBER with Judge HOWARD.

05-26-16 Note: Due to a conflict with Judge Howard on this case, it has

been set for a time that a pro tem Judge can come. Notice

mailed to all parties.

05-26-16 Filed: Notice for Case 161800104 ID 11543733

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 2

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

05-31-16 Filed: BREAKING BAD BAIL BONDS 1940.05

05-31-16 Bond Account created Total Due: 1940.05

05-31-16 Bond Posted Non-Monetary Bond: 1,940.05

06-02-16 Note: Defendant's attorney called to confirm court date and

time. Stated he will file appearance on the record

tomorrow in court.

06-03-16 Filed: Enhancement Notices

06-03-16 Filed order: Domestic Violence Pre-Trial Criminal Protective

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed June 03, 2016

06-03-16 Judge DOUG NIELSEN assigned.

06-03-16 Note: Jail Release Agreement Expired

06-03-16 Minute Entry - ARRAIGNMENT

Judge: DOUG NIELSEN

Clerk: amalieo

Prosecutor: SCHAEFFER-BULLOCK, KELLY N

Defendant pro se

Advised of rights and penalties.

The defendant is advised of right to counsel.

Defendant is arraigned.

The defendant is advised that this offense may be used as an

enhancement to the penalties for a subsequent offense.

Defendant signed the enhancement notice.

Jail Release Agreement will expire upon appearance.

Pre-Trial Protective Order will issue.

Pre-Trial conference will be scheduled for a future date.

06-06-16 Filed order: ARRAIGNMENT

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 3

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

Signed June 06, 2016

06-06-16 Filed protective order: Pre-Trial Protective Order

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed June 06, 2016

06-08-16 PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE scheduled on July 08, 2016 at 02:30 PM in

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER with Judge NIELSEN.

06-08-16 Filed: Notice for Case 161800104 ID 11575122

06-21-16 Filed: Appearance of Counsel, Entry of Plea and Demand for Jury

06-21-16 Filed: Formal Request for Discovery Pursuant to Rule 16 of the

Rules of Criminal Procedure

06-30-16 Note: Deputy from Sheriff's office called to confirm court date

and time.

07-08-16 Note: Rocky Mountain Assenders called to change court date

since he can't get an attorney to the court house, he

will try and will let defendant know of the situation

07-08-16 PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE scheduled on July 29, 2016 at 02:30 PM in

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER with Judge NIELSEN.

07-08-16 Filed: Notice for Case 161800104 ID 11658094

07-08-16 Minute Entry - PTC

Judge: DOUG NIELSEN

Clerk: adriennd

Defendant not present

Neither the defendant nor his defense counsel were present. Clerk

at the window received a call at 2:05 pm today from Rocky Mountain

Defenders informing the court that their office was unable to come.

Clerk informed them of the conflict judge coming.

Judge Nielsen arrived and said that a new date could be set for

7/29/16 at 2:30. Notice to be mailed.

PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE is scheduled.

Date: 07/29/2016

Time: 02:30 p.m.

Location: CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER

1307 N COMMERCE DRIVE STE 200

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 4

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT 84045

before Judge DOUG NIELSEN

07-11-16 Filed order: PTC

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed July 11, 2016

07-11-16 **** PROTECTED **** Filed: Discovery Response

07-20-16 Filed: Information

07-22-16 Note: pretrial conference undeliverable as addressed

07-28-16 Note: Defendant phoned to verify court date/time.

07-29-16 Filed order: Domestic Violence Criminal Plea in Abeyance

Protective Order

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed July 29, 2016

07-29-16 Bond Exonerated -1,940.05

07-29-16 Charge 1 Disposition is Plea in abeyanc

07-29-16 Charge 2 Disposition is Plea in abeyanc

07-29-16 Charge 3 Disposition is Dismissed (w/o

07-29-16 Note: Domestic violence charge dismissal reason - Agreement

both parties

07-29-16 Filed: Suncrest court referral form

07-29-16 Fee Account created Total Due: 500.00

07-29-16 Minute Entry - CHANGE OF PLEA

Judge: DOUG NIELSEN

Clerk: amalieo

Prosecutor: SCHAEFFER-BULLOCK, KELLY N

Defendant's Attorney(s): VANDER WERFF, KEVIN S

Court advises defendant of rights and penalties.

Defendant waives time for sentence.

The defendant is advised that this offense may be used as an

enhancement to the penalties for a subsequent offense.

Defendant signed the enhancement notice.

PLEA IN ABEYANCE

Defendant's plea is held in abeyance.

Defendant waives time for sentence.

Printed: 08/03/16 11:42:36 Page 5

CASE NUMBER 161800104 Other Misdemeanor

________________________________________________________________________________

Conditions of Agreement:

Defendant is ordered to obey all laws, state, local, and federal,

and have no further violations during the plea in

abeyance/diversion period.

Defendant is to notify the court of a current address at all times,

and report to the court when notified by mail, or a warrant may

Defendant is ordered to pay court costs, fines and fees as directed

PLEA IN ABEYANCE ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS

Defendant to complete Substance Abuse Evaluation within 60 days and

provide proof of completion. Defendant to remain in compliance with

any recommended treatment. Treatment recommendations or counseling

to be completed within 11 months.

Tracking review date for Plea in Abeyance: 07/29/2017

- PLEA ABEY. MISDMNR fee of $500.00 assessed - Payor: BERTOCH

07-29-16 Filed order: CHANGE OF PLEA

Judge DOUG NIELSEN

Signed July 29, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2011

An Incredible Year!

Last August (8.9.2010 to be exact) I posted my "Bucket List" as such

Bucket List (as of today)


We'll it's been an incredible year! I was able to be part of 2 Space Shuttle launches (and even was a guest in Mission Control!); attend a U2 concert in Chicago this summer (well worth the wait - an incredible band to listen to LIVE); visit Portland and Alaska - Alaska was absolutely amazing!

So now that I've crossed off a few things you might think that my list has shrunk - well I believe that once you cross one thing off you add another -- or in my case, these experiences prompt my desire to experience more!

I had someone tell me that I'm "too young" to have a bucket list. I think this person is missing the point - we never know when our last day will be and we should live each day knowing that. Life is worth living. Bucket List items are those things we hope to experience in living life. It doesn't mean waiting until we're retired or until we've (heaven forbid) told we have limited time left here.

A revised "Bucket List" is in the works (which, honestly, is constantly in review) and I'll post that sometime soon.

Now go out and live your Bucket List!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rockin' the '80s


Tuesday night was the Des Moines Civic Center’s Opening Night of Rock of Ages ~ playing April 19-24, 2011. I asked my friend Rob who typically isn’t found attending the theatre to go with me as I knew this would be a show that he would like. I was so right – he really enjoyed it!

Rock of Ages is a nostalgia, over-sexed rock musical based in Los Angeles during the ‘80s hair metal era. Big hair. Bad clothes. Girls in hooker-style costumes. Ushers handing out lighter-shaped flashlights to wave during power ballads. Lots of shtick and an absurb plot yet remember, not much about the 80s can be taken too seriously!

Constantine Maroulis from American Idol fame plays the lead with the lovely and very talented Elica MacKenzie playing opposite. Together they sound amazing! The Stage Band was fun to watch and did a great job at keeping the music true to the era.

Go see Rock of Ages. It’s definitely “Nothin’ but a Good Time”.

ACT ONE
“Cum on Feel the Noize” (Slade, 1973, covered by Quiet Riot in 1983)
“Just Like Living in Paradise” (David Lee Roth, 1988)
“Nothin' but a Good Time” (Poison, 1988)
“Sister Christian” (Night Ranger, 1984)
“We Built This City” (Starship, 1985)
“Too Much Time on My Hands” (Styx, 1981)
“I Wanna Rock” (Twisted Sister, 1984)
“We're Not Gonna Take It” (Twisted Sister, 1984)
“More than Words” (Extreme, 1991)
“To Be With You” (Mr. Big, 1991)
“Waiting for a Girl Like You” (Foreigner, 1981)
“Wanted Dead or Alive” (Bon Jovi, 1987)
“I Want to Know What Love Is” (Foreigner, 1984)
“Harden My Heart” (Quarterflash, 1981)
“Shadows of the Night” (Benatar, 1982)
“Here I Go Again” (Whitesnake, 1982)

ACT TWO
“The Final Countdown” (Europe, 1986)
“Any Way You Want It” (Journey, 1980)
“Paradise City” (Guns N' Roses, 1988)
“High Enough” (Damn Yankees, 1990)
“I Hate Myself for Loving You” (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 1988)
“Heat of the Moment” (Asia, 1982)
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (Pat Benatar, 1980)
“Can't Fight This Feeling” (REO Speedwagon, 1984)
“Every Rose Has its Thorn” (Poison, 1988)
“Oh Sherrie” (Steve Perry, 1984)
“Keep On Loving You” (REO Speedwagon, 1980)
“The Search Is Over” (Survivor, 1985)
“Renegade” (Styx, 1978)
“Don't Stop Believin' (Journey, 1981)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Where Were You When???

I think every generation, every person, has their “Where were you when…?” moment – a time when something significant in history happened and you will always recall where you were at the moment you heard of it. Not knowing statistics on the matter and if it’s “normal” but for me there are several that come to mind:

*Elvis Presley’s death – Aug 16, 1977
*John Lennon’s assassination – Dec 8, 1980
*President Ronald Reagan assassination attempt – March 30, 1981
*Kurt Cobain’s suicide death – April 8, 1994
*Princess Diana’s deadly car crash – Aug 31, 1997
*Attack on America – Sept 11, 2001

But the one that I will discuss in this post is the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986.

The Teacher in Space Project (TISP) was a NASA program announced by then President Ronald Reagan in 1984 designed to inspire students, honor teachers, and spur interest in mathematics, science, and space exploration.

In 1985, Christa McAuliffe was selected from more than 11,000 applicants to participate in the NASA Teacher in Space Project (capacity as a kind of Spaceflight participant), and she was scheduled to become the first teacher in space, with Barbara Morgan as her backup.

Our town (Framingham – a suburb of Boston) took a great interest in the whole program as Christa was a former resident, and one of our much loved English teachers, Charles Sposato, was third in line (of what I recall) from being selected. He went through some of the training and became really good friends with Christa.

Our high school floor plan was a very unique design – basically a square figure eight, with long hallways and only one story high. I was a junior and remember sitting in science class. The science hallway was like the rest of the hallways, a long corridor but the biology and physics labs were lined with glass panels that looked into the hallways (one class could see into the other class).

We were all so excited! After a few previous delays we were finally going to watch the launch. Every TV in the building was tuned to NASA TV to watch this historic event. I remember joining in on the cheering when the launch happened but the cheering quickly turned to silence and confusion as something didn’t appear “right”. There was a plume of white smoke that erupted and dispersed – sideways – and we all sat or stood there wondering what the heck had happened. There was no explosion. No explanation for what was happening. You could hear a pin drop.

Just 73 seconds into the flight the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart. Seven passengers perished and a world stood in shock.

There’s not much else I remember about that day except looking out the science class windows and seeing Mr. Sposato, head down, with his jacket and pageboy hat on, walking down the science corridor on his way out of the building to most likely handle the heaviness of what had just happened on his own or with his family.

(When I asked a friend to confirm some of this account he told me how he had set up the TV and recording equipment in Mr Sposato’s sophomore class and watched as Mr Sposato broke into tears as he watched the events unfold.)

My thoughts turned to Mr. Sposato and how he had to have felt. As a community we were excited for Christa but disappointed that OUR beloved teacher Mr. Sposato did not making the final cut. How do you comprehend that because of not making that cut, that on this day, he essentially escaped death?

That evening President Reagan, already scheduled to give his annual State of The Union Address, used the time instead to address the nation on the Challenger disaster. Three days later he traveled to Johnson Space Center and spoke at a memorial service honoring the astronauts.

“Sometimes, when we reach for the stars, we fall short. But we must pick ourselves up again and press on despite the pain.”

The disaster resulted in a 32-month hiatus in the shuttle program. At 11:37 a.m. on September 29, 1988, Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off with a crew of five and dubbed as the “Return to Flight” mission, and a chance to restore national pride in the American space program. Barbara Morgan, the backup astronaut for McAuliffe who trained with her in the Teacher in Space program and was at Kennedy Space Center watching her launch on January 28, 1986, flew on STS-118 as a Mission Specialist in August 2007.

As a graduating class the next year, we paid tribute to Our Heroes with a page in our yearbook. Mr. Sposato wrote a touching piece. It was a day in history we all will remember and forever be touched by.



It is for this reason I have attending a space shuttle launch on my “Bucket List”. We must continue to reach for the stars!

As many of you know, I have been chosen with 150 other lucky participants to tour the Kennedy Space Center and attend the upcoming shuttle launch of STS-133, the next planned mission of the Space Shuttle Program! The mission, currently scheduled for launch no earlier than 1 November 2010, will be to the International Space Station. The mission will be the 39th and final flight of Discovery and the 133rd and penultimate flight of the Space Shuttle program, which began on 12 April 1981.

More information on the opportunity can be found here: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/tweetup/tweetup_10-31-2010.html

Look for a future blog update on my experience!