Podcast

Episode 14 – Edwin Gould

Los Angeles, CA
81 Years Old

Edwin was one of my favorite surprises on this journey.  He was introduced to me via an email from his niece that found the project on Kickstarter.  She said I had to interview him because he engineered the first spy satellites the US Government ever built.  WOAH!

“I worked on the very first spy satellite this country ever built called ‘Corona’.  You can Google that if you want – you’ll learn all about area … photography.  You think it’s tricky to take a picture of something accurately that’s a hundred yards or more away?  The satellite’s at a hundred miles.  To take a picture of something a hundred miles away and figure out what you’re going to see and make a good photo … and clouds kind of get in the way, too.  Clouds are very uninteresting to look at.  And so there was a lot to be done about whether you turn the camera on, how do you build this thing, how do you fly it.  [It was] 13 fair years before we had success. ”  — Edwin Gould

Episode 2 – Sonee Lavendette

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Age 80

Sonee was born April 13, 1936.  During the hour and a half I spent with Sonee, I came to believe that she is my elder self.  She fought against a lot of chauvinism, and paved the way for women in the engineering and automotive industries – all without a formal degree (she earned her Bachelors at age 55, and her Masters at 58).  You’ll love her.

Recorded in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.