Walking back from a meeting this afternoon I noticed this painting on the wall captioned "Joe Engle Lands His X-15"

Not really a big deal, except a half hour earlier I was eating lunch with none other than General Joe Engle, who is here in town to give a talk tonight before heading to KU tomorrow. The KU Aerospace Engineering department is celebrating its 70th anniversary this weekend with special guests including Joe Engle and easily our most famous alumni Alan Mulally.

I'm heading up to Lawrence for the celebration tomorrow, but I'm in a bit of a state of surreal awe at the whole thing. After seeing the painting it sort of set in: I just ate lunch with the only person to ever hand fly a space shuttle through re-entry, just a few weeks after doing the same with a woman who spent 4 and 1/2 months on the ISS, and just a couple of days away from hearing the CEO of Ford speak to our common alma mater about the future of transportation.

When I was a kid I always dreamed of being a part of aerospace history, and I'm truly honored to the point of being speechless at the living history I've been able to be around to this point.

I don't know where I was going with this, but I thought I'd share. I'm not bragging, I'm just excited