December 2000 holiday party (12/12/2000)
It was a cold and snowy Saturday evening, but that
didn't stop MASA members and their families from gathering at the
Cochran residence in Minneapolis to share some holiday cheer.
Thanks are due to our host, Ted, and the entire Cochran
family! You did an admirable job of hosting this group without
running screaming into the night...
While watching rocket videos next to the fireplace,
we heartily enjoyed the snacks and holiday treats that everyone had
brought to share. (Wherever 20 or 30 Minnesotans gather, there
is food for 40 or 50.)
The first of several activities was a gag (or
serious) gift exchange. After piling the wrapped gifts around
the "rocket tree" (Ted's LOC IV with lights strung on it),
each person could choose a gift and unwrap it, or steal someone
else's gift. Things got swapped back and forth including a
multi-tool, an astronaut bank, various rocket kits, and a nosecone
glued into a roll of bathroom tissue (labeled "Self Contained
Streamer Recovery System")
Next, Alan Estenson thanked our three retiring
officers and club founders: Russ Durkee, Mark Thell, and Damian
Kostron. He first presented them with NAR momentos (stickers,
decals, and a lapel pin). Each was also presented with a
framed 8x10 liftoff photo of one of their rockets. Thanks
guys, we really appreciate everything that you've done over the past
Club President Russ Durkee then presented the 3rd
annual "MASSY" awards. These "just for
fun" awards are devised & awarded every year by the club
The incredible flying combo of Lee & Mollie
Frisvold were given blue ribbons for tallying up over 90 flights
at MASA launches this year!
Ted & Seth Cochran were presented with blue
ribbons for the Distinguished Achievement Award. Both Ted
& Seth placed in competition at NARAM 42 this past summer.
One Prang award was given this year: Steve Robb
was presented with a blue ribbon in honor of the spectacular
shred of his Swinger on a D21.
Alan Estenson was presented with a blue ribbon
as "Rocketeer of the Year" for his activities in
support of the club.
Jeff Hove was awarded a white ribbon for his
flight of a MicroMaxx-powered rocket (complete with tiny
parachute) made out of a Bic pen
Tony Pray was awarded a red ribbon for his
impressive flight of a Mean Machine on an E30 motor. A
Mean Machine looks strange when moving that fast!
Tim Bush was awarded a blue ribbon for the
flights of his Ringhawk glider. It was incredible to see
this sliding ring-wing glider just hang in the air.
Winning a special "Whiplash" award,
Joe Schneider and Chuck Jerve were given blue ribbons for flying
Machbusters on F72 motors.
To top off the evening, drawings were held for some
free door prizes. The prizes were donated by MASA and by Hub
Hobby Center in Little Canada. The lucky winners were:
Glen Overby - Estes Zinger
Pam Jerve - Estes Athena
Russ Durkee - Estes Fat Boy
Seth Cochran - Estes Pathfinder
Kevin Cochran - Estes Alpha
Dave Fergus - Quest Quasar
Art Gibbens - Estes Maxi Alpha 3
Thanks again to our hosts and to everyone who
attended. It was a fun evening!