President’s Message: We Don’t Need Superman, We Need Clark Kent!
By Craig E. Ward
Would you like to be more involved in OASIS, but you aren’t sure what you can do? Here’s one volunteer opportunity that would be of great help and, at the same time, interesting and a lot of fun. We need a space reporter.
As I write this, we are in the final stages of preparing for the Amazing Saturn presentation by Stephen Edberg. Arranging for a venue, getting publicity out, making sure the speaker has the necessary equipment, and setting up the facility are a lot of work. It's worth it, though. It will be a great event.
What usually happens after the event is that the same people who had put it together have to write about it for the newsletter. I would like to see the work spread out a bit more. OASIS needs someone willing to cover these events just like any reporter would for a newspaper or magazine, to write about and publicize the good work of the event organizers.
View this as a chance to get inside of things and see what's happening. Get closer to the speaker and get more out of the event.
A good reporter, naturally, isn’t just going to cover events, but by paying attention and observing, can catch some unexpected extras. For example, at the last business meeting, Seth Potter gave us a dry run of the talk he will be giving at the ISDC this year on the basics of orbital mechanics. (In which we learn of the differences between orbits and why changing from one to another can either be very easy or very difficult.)
It’s the little things that make the difference. By handling the job of roving reporter, you could make an important contribution and have some fun and interesting times doing it. Anyone interested should contact me
One more thing, a “Lois Lane” would fill the role just as well as Superman. And it wouldn't hurt to have a “Jimmy Olsen” too.