Baltimore, School Teacher, Dryden discussed on Stuff You Missed in History Class - NASA History: Chief Historian Bill Barry on Hugh Dryden

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And his life story really started out pretty humbly but then he excelled so much academically that it kind of catapulted him into being the person that eventually have this impact will you tell us a little bit about his early life yeahdryden is really the the classic american story of a kid from young outta nowhere batiz great things in his life and and uh and meant it has a huge impact the euhe was born july second the 1898just before the turn of the century there in the pokomo city and rural southern marylanda from it not particularly distinguished family thethedryden's were he'll merchants mostly um but he was reading by the age of 4 and the uh about that time his father's business went bust the nineteen of seven um a recession unitedstatesuh so fairly moves the baltimore his father who would be school teacher for a while and then a shopkeeper winds up working as a tram conductor in baltimore for the rest of his life burly kind of squeaking via the living for the family but tried himself as uh recognize for new israeli academic achievements and can move quickly through school uh and he was around for some interesting things in the the first airplane flight over the city of baltimore where he lived was on november7th1910 and like most of the rest of the city dryden was out there to watch it and use houston school at the time and he wrote a paper about it and in fact the paper wrote was about wide uh airships or your dirigibles or blimps why those were better than airplanes and did you gotta have on the paper by the way uh but curiously enough actually he was right about most is observations young man you saw that their planes were not very reliable they couldn't fly for very long they're very fragile would break easily uh and uh but he's hooked on tv should any winds up actually solving most of the problems that he identified net i paper 1910 of as he's working on the air near economics research.

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