Friday, August 28, 2009

Dr. Zooch on the radio

I got this from the Apogee e-zine and don't know the original source.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (August 26, 2009) - Flying model rockets has inspired many youngsters to pursue careers in aerospace, including Patrick McCarthy and Wes Oleszewski, both of whom will be guests on the Aug. 29th edition of "Space Talk."

The use of model rockets as an inspiring, educational tool will be discussed, and some favorite "war stories" about launching and recovering the small boosters will be told by each guest, as well as "Space Talk" host Jim Banke, who lost the first rocket he ever launched.

McCarthy is director of spaceport operations for Space Florida and a long time space modeler. He was part of the team that won the championship in their division at the National Association of Rocketry Annual Meet this month in Johnstown, Penn.

Oleszewski, a former airline captain, is owner of Dr. Zooch Rockets, a company that specializes in model rockets of historic space launch vehicles. He is author of 13 books on Great Lakes maritime history and creator of Klyde Morris, an editorial cartoon strip about aviation and space.

Banke, McCarthy and Oleszewski worked together on "The Avion," the student newspaper of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, where all three graduated within a few months of each other.

"Space Talk" is broadcast live each Saturday at 4 p.m. ET from WMMB's Showcase Studio at the Florida Marketplace in Melbourne, Fla. WMMB can be heard in Brevard County on 1240 AM and 1350 AM. The show can be heard live on the Internet at

The weekly program is hosted by veteran aerospace writer and commentator Jim Banke, owner and president of MILA Solutions, LLC.

Listeners can participate in the program by calling into the studio at 321-768-1240. Local ATT Wireless customers can call at no charge by dialing *1240. Questions and comments also can be sent to or via Twitter at

About Jim Banke: Banke spent 16 years covering the space program for Florida Today newspaper and as an award-winning journalist. He later worked for the Space Foundation as Vice President for Florida Operations. Banke also was a Space Launch Development Analyst for SAIC and worked closely with Space Florida. Banke was a member of Gov. Jeb Bush's Commission on the Future of Space and Aeronautics in Florida and in 2007 was honored with NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal. He is now president of MILA Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that provides media services, project management and strategic communications for aerospace-related ventures.