Abacus Programming - Consulting at Rockwell Int'l, Downey
After being “retired” from Douglas-McDonnell (demote older guy, replace with cheaper younger guy, teach older guy a very hard lesson about “loyalty”), JRD’s model airplane buddy, Abe Gallas, offered him a job at Abacus, working at Rockwell on the Space Shuttle program. He ended up working another 2½ years on the Shuttle’s backup computer system. He went on a field trip to Florida and Houston to brief astronauts and NASA folks on the work he had been doing (see the results, link below). Included “VIP” tours of Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers. Very cool. And he was then able to retire at a time of his choosing. He said later that he had no regrets regarding his career, he was satisfied, and he had, on the whole, really enjoyed what he did at work.