The Bluegrass division of communications and leadership group Toastmasters will host former Lexingtonian and astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave at an open house later this month.
During his more than 30 years with NASA, Musgrave flew on six space flights. He spoke last week with the Herald-Leader about what he'll discuss at the event.
On what he'll be discussing: "About a hundred life's lessons. I've been alive a long time, so I've got lots of lessons. I've got lessons of being in the aerospace world 58 years. I've got lessons from the farm. I rode the combines at the age of 5, drove everything at age 9 or 10, and fixed them by 12."
On the advice he offers: "One lesson is do what comes easy for you. Lots of times, people think they should work on improving everything, but don't work on what you're not good at because you won't make a difference. Work on what you're good at."
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On his time in Lexington: "I first visited Lexington about 1951-52. I wanted to be a farm kid at that time because I was a farm kid, and there was no space in 1951. I was traveling across the country on my own by bus and ran into Iron Works Pike and Paris Pike. I said, 'If I'm going to be a farmer, I was going to do it right here' ... I decided right there that the first time my professional life could take me to Lexington, I would be there and I did my internship at the UK hospital. After that, space came along and that meant Houston, Texas."