They’re On The Launch Pad

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They’re On The Launch Pad — Start Counting Down
The following newspaper article appeared in Florida Today on November 20, 1996, when I still worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

Activists Vow to Stop 1997 Cassini Launch
By Todd Halvorson

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Anti-nuclear activists pledged Tuesday to wade across alligator-infested swamps and parachute onto a launch pad to stop the planned launch next year of a NASA plutonium-powered spacecraft….

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Very shortly thereafter, the following “advertisement” circulated throughout NASA’s e-mail system:

WANTED TO BUY: 10,000 alligators. No reasonable offer refused. Transportation costs negotiable.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website,

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Your Dog is Dead

A man rushed into the veterinarian’s office carrying his dog, thoroughly distraught. The vet examined the dog’s still, limp body and sadly informed the man that the dog was dead.

Saddened at the loss of his best friend, the man asked the doctor if he could please try one last time to revive the dog.

The doctor stepped into his other room and returned with a cat in a wire cage. He set the cage on the examining table and opened the sliding door.

The cat got up, stretched, stepped out of the cage and slowly walked around the dog from head to tail sniffing the body. When it was finished, it looked up at the veterinarian with a “meow”, walked back into the cage and went back to sleep.

The vet looked at the man and said in his best bedside manner, “I’m sorry, but there is nothing I can do.”

Resigned, the man signed and said, “Thanks for trying. How much do I owe you?”

“Three-hundred fifty dollars,” the doctor replied.

“Thr . . . thr . . .three-hundred fif-fif-fifty bucks to tell me my dog is dead!” the man stammered.

“Well, it was only $50 for the office visit. The other $300 is for the CAT scan.”

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Suicidal Dog

A boy called on his girlfriend at her 10th story apartment in readiness for their date. While she was getting dressed, he played ball in the lounge with her small dog.  Unfortunately the door to the balcony was open and when the ball bounced out the door and over the ledge of the balcony, the little dog followed it.
A few moments later, the girl appeared. The boy said,”Have you notice that your dog has been acting depressed lately?”

Gary is a travel writer and photographer living in Sarasota Florida, he is publishing this blog because he feels everyone needs a smile at least once a day.

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