The first podcast I did was at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where my grandfather had been working before he retired, as Chief of Staff. I had just returned from my first visit to Russia, and it was still the USSR at that time. My grandpa had been an engineer on the F-12/A-12, which was a closely related plane to the SR-71 during his career in the 1960’s, and had a hand in bringing this SR-71 to the Armament Museum at Eglin. I took the opportunity to talk with him about it, with a terrible video camera, and a lot of wind obscuring his voice. But here you have it; an influential aspect of how EarthLab33 came to be, if you can imagine that.