Interview réalisée en 2011
A : I first saw space art in the Life Magazine book The World We Live In, with the work of Chesley Bonestell at the beginning and end chapters.
This would have been about 1960, when I was 8 years old.
(Ndlr : The World We Live In est une nouvelle publiée dans Life Magazine en 13 chapitres du 8 décembre 1952 au 20 décembre 1954, dont voici les deux couvertures)
Later I saw more of the work of Bonestell and other artists on science fiction magazine covers and other books.
Why did I like space, it's hard to say... Earlier I was very interested in dinosaurs, and studied them and the artists who painted them.
At that time space travel was beginning to happen and there was a sense of a race between the US and the Russians to reach the Moon.
A lot of space related television programming, magazine articles, books and toys brought space travel to the attention of kids growing up then and there.
It was probably getting a small telescope as a child that first made me amazed with the universe, seeing the Moon and planets close up for myself.
Q : What are your(s) feeling(s) about that many people saw and loved yours painters and works every days ?
A : My parents were going camping then, I decided to stay home.
I watched on a black and white TV as the final approach to the landing was made by the astronauts in the LM, and on television they played part of President Kennedy's speech 8 years earlier announcing the goal of landing on the Moon.
It made me think of how glad JFK would have been to see his goal accomplished if he had lived.
I of course watched every moment of the time on the surface.