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How Rollins’ first computer helped launch David Schechter ’65’s more than 30-year career at NASA.

By the time David Schechter ’65 retired from Kennedy Space Center in January 2003, he had risen through the ranks to oversee some 400 full-time and contract employees as chief of the ground systems division.

Thirty-six years earlier, as a high school math teacher applying for his first job at NASA, something we take for granted today set him apart: Schechter knew how to use a computer. Those skills were honed, oddly enough, during late-night homework sessions in the basement of the Warren administrative building.

Mayor of Space Town