George Luchak, professor emeritus of civil engineering, died June 6, 2017
Thank you, Princeton, for this lovely tribute to my father. Here is a link to the family page where there are more photos and comments. http://www.georgeluchak.org
Frank, I finally got to read this; just growing up experiencing the whole space endeavor and the Apollo mission at the same time you did, I am proud to say that I know George Luchak’s, son Frank, and to say that George was a “true, ‘dyed in blue’ American.”
Len, Thank you for your kind words.
I remember when I was about 12 years old my father brought home a beautifully detailed scale model of the Saturn V rocket crowned with the Apollo capsule and Lunar Excursion Module. The model was impressive- about 4′ tall. Dad first showed it to the family that night, including my sisters, then went to our elementary school the next day to present it to each of our classrooms. You could hear a pin drop. The kids were entranced as Dad spoke. I was beaming with pride that day! Seven years later, on July, 20, 1969, late at night, I remember listening on my car radio to the inspiring words of Neil Armstrong as he safely landed the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle” at Tranquility Base on the moon and became the first person to set foot on another planetary body: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!”
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