John Hornung

John Hornung was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his BS in Physics from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 1963, and was a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Honorary Physics Fraternity. John has a Masters of Public Administration (emphasis in R&D Management and Operations Research) from The American University in Washington, DC. John was a member of the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1964. On graduation from college, John was employed by the Chrysler Corporation Space Division at NASA’s Michoud Rocket Plant in New Orleans. The company constructed the first stage of the Saturn IB Space Launch Vehicle. He was selected to the Space Division’s Engineer Management Training Program. As a Reliability Engineer, John worked with an organization that was the first to develop the mathematics and techniques of Artificial Intelligence. This technology was applied to deciphering the weak points in the Saturn 1B rocket’s design. In 1966, John was employed by Technical Operations Research, Inc. which conducted military war games and advanced research for the U.S. Army Combat Development Command, located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. As part of this work, he spent a short period in Viet Nam as a consultant to U.S. Army Headquarters at Long Bin. In 1971, John was hired by Headquarters, United States Post Office Department, Washington, DC. There, he led research and development programs and rose to Deputy Director, Office of Statistical Programs and Standards. In 1978, he took a position with Headquarters, U.S. Customs Service, Department of The Treasury. In 1993, while Manager of the Risk Management Branch, John received the Department of the Treasury’s National Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Award, in recognition of his Branch’s outstanding contributions. In 1997, John retired from federal service and relocated with his wife to Williamsburg, Virginia.

Broadcast 1248 (Special Edition)

Guest: John Hornung. Topics: Aerospace memoirs, Saturn 1 B, developing testing formulas and methods for the space program. Our guest, John P. Hornung, is a retired aerospace worker having worked on the Saturn 1 B with the Chrysler Corporation Space Division. Mr. Hornung has written his memoirs which detail his part in the early days of developing our space program for the Moon, human spaceflight, and rocket development. Mr. Hornung will give listeners a free copy of his 40 page memoir, "To the Moon, Without Me," just by sending him an email and requesting it with your mailing address.


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