Lilburn Smith is an Electrical Engineer who was forced to turn Rocket Scientist by world events and the twist and turns of his own career. All Lilburn wanted from a career was to build state of the art radio receivers and transmitters. When he graduated from college he could not find a job which fit his dream. He joined Texas Instruments building military electronics equipment hoping someday to be able to build communication radios. The Cuban Missile crisis forced Lilburn into an assignment building and testing Shrike Missiles. From there he went to Applied Technology Incorporated where he built and tested radarhoming and warning equipment in support of thefamed Wild Weasels of the Viet Nam war. Back in Dallas at TI, Lilburn designed the guidance section for the first Laser Guided Bomb. He tested the LGB at Eglin AFR and assisted in training the airmen who took it to war. He then was a co-inventor of the laser guided artillery projectile. At Martin Marietta in Orlando Florida he worked on the Hellfire missile and the Copperhead 155mm projectile. At LTV in Grand Prairie Texas he was assigned to a revolutionary missile called the HVM. The missile had no explosive warhead but instead depended upon kinetic energy to defeat armored vehicles. From there he went on to manage the development of the aiming equipment for the Multiple Launch Rocket system. After leading an expedition to Saudi Arabia, he then directed the design of the launcher and fire control of the LOSAT anti-tank missile, which he tested at White Sands Missile Range. Lilburn contributed greatly to the modern method of conducting war from a distance with precision weapons instead of risking troops.
Isabella L Bird (1831 - 1904) was a 19th century British traveler and writer. Since her father was a Church of England priest the family moved many times during her childhood. Bird traveled to Colorado when she heard the air was very healthy. She covered the 800 miles on horseback riding like a man and not sidesaddle. During her adventure she wrote a series of letters home to her sister. These were published in the Leisure Hour magazine. The letters were later published in her most famous book A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains.
This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.
It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, tons of friends, and a bright future in Communist China. But it's also the year that China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolutionand Ji-li's world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. When Ji-li's father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life.
This is the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.
ABOUT THE BOOK Rocking in a Free World is a collection of poems on freedom. The book is divided into four chapters on independence, journey, struggle, and celebration. Each chapter explores one of these topics with respect to freedom. Independence cultivates freedom. Journey leads to freedom's evolution. Struggle is inevitable and constant. Conflicts occur at so many levels within and between societies, but in all cases there is celebration of the victories through art. In a world of free will, freedom is a priceless natural resource without ownership. Freedom is a natural right of each one of us. Rocking in a Free World combines various elements of artistic expression with historical bearing and recent global events in a poetic articulation of the development of pure freedom in a human context. "Without chaos there is no peace, without struggle there is no celebration. These are the concepts of a collection of poetry, titled, "Rocking in a Free World," by Mark Allen Gray. Gray's style is point blank poetry. His words are honest and clear; his meaning is obvious. His artful intent is complete with self-made symbols for each chapter. It was a delight to read this book and reflect on his purpose." - BookReview.com ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mark Allen Gray holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. Since childhood, Mark has been an avid student of literature and enjoys writing, in particular, capturing and condensing life events and emotions into poems. Mark's style draws on the creative, logical, and technical elements of computer science in his professional life and blends them with the raw emotional events and experiences of his personal life. Mark'smajor literary and poetic influences include Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, Jim Morrison, and Charles Baudelaire. ABOUT THE PUBLISHER Gray Technologies Press is a small independent publisher of original works of literary art in print and digital formats. The focus of the press is on the development of new artists and the application of new publishing technologies on their original works. The primary goal of the press is to maximize the accessibility, utility, and quality of their products while minimizing the cost of these products to consumers. We utilize print-on-demand (POD) printing technology through our partner and distributor, Lightning Source, a subsidiary of Ingram Industries.
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