December 18, 1958 – U.S. launches first communications satellite, SCORE


Learned something new from Alexa today…

The U.S. successfully launched the world’s first communications satellite aboard an Atlas rocket on December 18, 1958. It was called SCORE (Signal Communications Orbit Relay Equipment). Wikipedia says, “SCORE provided a first test of a communications relay system in space and captured world attention by broadcasting a Christmas message via short wave frequency from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower through an onboard tape recorder.”

The SCORE program was part of the U.S. response to the late 1957 launch of SPUTNIK by the Soviet Union.

The very first transmitted message from space to the world came via SCORE from President Dwight D. Eisenhower:

This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite traveling in outer space. My message is a simple one: Through this unique means I convey to you and all mankind, America’s wish…

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Design, Geek

If you know me you know I love to read. In fact, we’re both pretty big bookworms. We don’t have much in common with what we read however. Jeff usually is teasing me about whatever YA book I’m currently reading and I’m never surprised when he’s reading about football.

Back to my point, I love to read. I always have. And although I used to say I wouldn’t like an ereader or that I didn’t like audiobooks, I’ve come to see that I was wrong.

Late 2016, I got a free audible book and discovered that audiobooks are great! Sure, I don’t care for them if I’m reading along like we did in school (I always read faster than the narrator and having to read slower was frustrating), and if the narrator isn’t good then they can be awful, but listening while you multitask or during a drive is great! (Don’t tell younger Allie I said that, she’d be offended. Music over everything.) I honestly wouldn’t have completed my Goodreads Reading Challenges these past couple of years without them.

And to say I love my Kindle is an understatement. It’s even my preferred way to read these days. I blame (or credit) Jeff for this since he bought me my first one on our first Christmas together. Reading was never the same.

One of the things I like most about reading on my Kindle, besides being more comfortable while reading aka reading while laying down, is that I can easily highlight text. Whether it’s a good quote, a pronunciation, or a reference I want to look up later, it’s so handy. But mostly I highlight quotes and I’ve started to think “What am I doing with all these quotes?” So I’ve started writing them down in a notebook (I know, this seems contrary to what I just said about highlighting being handy and blah, blah, blah, but stick with me) and I’m going to use them as inspo for designs.

Not doing this as a challenge like #FollowYourArrowFriday, but more as another way to be creative.

So here’s my first one…which isn’t a book quote at all, but instead a quote from Thomas Jefferson. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I make the rules okay?

I first saw this quote when Jeff and our friend Chesney visited the Library of Congress in D.C. Chesney and I even bought tote bags with the quote on them because we loved it so much (she’s a big bookworm too).

Anyways, one of my fave quotes and I relate to it on a spiritual level.

DesignGEEK out!