[ISDC2006] CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS!!!
George T. Whitesides
gtwhitesides at yahoo.com
Tue May 9 07:47:38 EDT 2006
To the entire organizing committee of ISDC 2006:
We did it!!
What a fantastic success. When the dust cleared, this group put together the best attended ISDC in the 25 year history of the event. We exceeded our goals in nearly every respect, from speakers to income to attendees to exhibitors. You all deserve to be very proud of what you accomplished.
I will not soon forget many of the special moments of the conference: Rutan's luncheon speech. Tyson's dinner talk. Shana Dale's keynote announcing the biggest Centennial Challenge yet. The ORBIT Awards. The international lunar exploration track. The space art program. Elon Musk giving a personal tour of his facility at SpaceX. And many, many, many more.
But what I will most remember is how many attendees came up and said what a great experience they had had. That is the true metric of success -- you inspired over 1300 people with new information and new perspectives on the world of space. And you did it with organization, with courtesy, and with passion.
I am most grateful for the fantastic experience it has been to work with this group. It was a blast. What a terrific group. Hard-working, pleasant to hang out with, and dedicated to the cause. Thank you for giving up your Sundays for months, and for buckling down in the final weeks when the chips were down. It paid off, tenfold.
And let me say a special thanks to all the team members from the Planetary Society. I was tremendously impressed with your organization and commitment, and it was truly a fun experience to work with you all. Bruce, please pass along our deepest gratitude to everyone for making the conference what it was.
And finally let me send a big thanks to Brett and Katherine on our staff -- and most of all, to our co-chair Pat Montoure -- for their dedication to making the conference the success that it was.
There will be much more to say and communicate over the coming days and weeks as we close things out, but I wanted to write a short note immediately to say thanks and CONGRATULATIONS ON A FANTASTIC ISDC!
With respect -- and Ad Astra!
George T. Whitesides
Executive Director, National Space Society
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May 4-7, Los Angeles:
25th Annual International Space Development Conference
The citizen space event of the year! www.isdc2006.org
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