Question: Tell me about your career in engineering and your work in space programs?
Answer: “I was educated to be an engineer at the University of Michigan, where I must have taken like 15 math courses. I’ve always explained to people the type of engineering I did was like the mechanics branch of physics. When I graduated, I worked for Boeing in Seattle and I was working on the Minuteman Missile – and Seattle was a beautiful town. You had the ocean on one side, the cascade mountains on the other, and Canada to the north. So, then I moved to Ann Arbor, but I didn’t like the work I was doing there so I came to St. Louis in 1962 to work with McDonnell-Douglas who was hiring at the time. I worked in the space program there on space projects like Mercury, Gemini, Skylab, and others doing mostly analysis. The last ten years of my career though, I got into laser communication. They used it as a radar tool because it used a much narrower beam and was harder to pick up by outsiders. I headed up a program that was a laser altimeter. It was on a satellite that circled Mars and calculated the surface of the terrain. That way you could see where it was flat, or where there were hills and dips. It helped them plan where they could put the rovers or vehicles when they wanted to launch missions exploring there.” – Jim Dick, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield
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The above photo and text are part of a year-long project we call We Are Friendship Village. We are posting these photos and brief interviews to our website’s blog section every day as we talk with residents at Friendship Village Chesterfield and Friendship Village Sunset Hills. The idea is to give a short introduction to the residents who make up our wonderful senior living communities and give you a peek at something you might not know about them!
At this year’s end, we will publish A BOOK featuring all the great residents who participated. AND PARTICIPANTS get A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK! During this year, we will also be sharing these photos and stories on Facebook and other social media such as Instagram, so look for them and please follow the hashtag #WeAreFriendshipVillage to stay current with the project!
We think it’s a great chance to share a bit about who we are! Residents’ participation takes less than ten minutes, so it won’t take much time to be a part of it and we think everyone will enjoy getting to know their neighbors and friends a little bit better!
If interested in participating (or know someone else who might be), feel free to give us a call at (314) 270-7837 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by the marketing suites in Sunset Hills or Chesterfield. We have 365 of these to do over the course of the year, so everyone is welcome!
We look forward to seeing you as we get to share insights about the senior living residents who are making our Friendship Village retirement communities so great!