Who We Are....
Craig McGraw -- The Estes
Avenger was my first experience with building an Estes kit back
in 1975. It was a disaster because it was beyond my skills at
the time, but I remember it fondly nevertheless. Over the years
I have built and flown for a while, stopped, then started up
again when I had the time and resources. I'm now in my 40's and
have rediscovered the world of rocketry all over again. I have
rockets in my collection today that I could only drool over in
The hobby today is richer and broader than it has ever been,
even with reduced volume coming from the big names of years
past. There are more people providing the stuff we use, with
very little remaining that cannot be purchased from somewhere.
And with the Internet, sharing ideas with fellow enthusiasts is
easier and instant, with constructive feedback that didn't exist
back in the "golden age" of the hobby. I'm enjoying the hobby
today in a way that wasn't possible before.
Scott D. Hansen -- I grew
up and live in Milwaukee, WI. My cousin got me into model
rocketry back in 1969 when he gave me his '69 Centuri catalog,
which I still have today. My first kit was a Payloader II.
I still have the bottom half of that rocket along with the
Centuri LIA-77 wooden tripod launch pad I used. Most of my
rockets when I was young were from Centuri. I guess I just
liked their designs better.
I never did join the NAR as a kid, but I did belong to a NAR
sanctioned club in the early 70's. I've got super 8 movies
from some of the club launches down at Warnimont Park by Lake
I got back into model rocketry in February of 1998.
Since I really like the "old style" designs of rockets where the
person actually did some building, I wanted to help preserve the
history. Hence, Ye
Olde Rocket Shoppe and its many spin-offs was born.