I Kissed an Astronaut

Back in 1999, I worked with a team of people designing exhibits for a science museum in Columbus, OH. At the time, the CEO of the company was ex-astronaut Dr. Kathy Sullivan. She had been up in space and had worked on the Hubble project. I am a bit of a cut up and had a pleasant relationship with Kathy. Basically, I fucked around a lot and she could see right through the thin veil of professionalism I pretended to wear. So we got along swell.

As the project was wrapping up, the museum held a big function at the new building and every team member got to come up and get a photo with Kathy and the CEO of Nationwide Insurance, Dimon McPherson. Team members would step up, Kathy would say hello and shake their hand, Dimon would shake your hand and the photographer would snap the photo. Here is how the photo with everyone else looked.

Well, not everyone looked like Stu, but you get the point.

When it was my turn to go up, I wanted to do something different.

I stepped up on the stage, said hello to Kathy, shook Dimon's hand... and then right when I thought the photographer was about to take the shot, I turned to lean down and kiss Kathy on the cheek.

This would have just been plain funny if she hadn't had the same idea at the same time. So she turned her head a leaned up to kiss my cheek.

We met in the middle and our lips brushed.

The professional photographer, being professional and all, noticed all the head turning and waited just a bit too long to snap the photo. So instead of that AWESOME photo of Kathy and I making out, you get this one:

Kathy and I laughing it up at the kiss collision and Dimon not really knowing what to think.

Good times. Good times.

Now that I've got Sullivan off the list, now on to Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova.

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