Last night, Tom took me to the 75th anniversary celebration of the Kalamazoo chapter of the American Chemical Society.
Yeah. I didn't do so well on the trivia challenge. But they had wine, so I was good!
The celebration was held at the Kalamazoo AirZoo - a unique and popular aviation museum here in town. I was excited to go . . . because I have never actually been to the AirZoo. (I know. It's one of those wonderful community treasures that you send visitors to all the time . . . but never quite make it there yourself.) Tom has been there; my dad has been there; my kids have been there. But me? Not until last night.
It was a great venue for an event like this. Guests could take in the museum, get a drink, and then gather for the dinner and presentations.
There are tasteful "rides" for kids, full motion flight simulators, and something called 4D Missions Theater. (These last two came with the caveat that you might want to try them before dinner. Yeah . . . no thanks; think I'll just skip those. . .)
There are really cool interactive "experiences" throughout the museum -- hands-on activities to explain flight concepts like air flow, lift, and circuitry.
And let's just say this . . . once a science-nerd, always a science-nerd!
Tom had fun exploring (playing?) at all the interactive stations -- but he especially loved launching rockets.
The big feature of the evening (and the topic of the guest speaker) was the SR-71B Blackbird (U-2 spy plane). This is the plane that Gary Powers was flying when he was shot down in Soviet airspace back in 1960.
So . . . what did the AirZoo and the presentation about the spy plane have to do with chemistry? Why . . . I can't really tell you. Because it wasn't really clear that it DID have to do with chemistry! It was just a fun, celebratory evening for science nerds! (And the people who love them.)
Plus . . . swag!
Now we have commemorative, his-and-hers pint glasses to remember our date with science!
Have a great weekend.