2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Story Musgrave
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 6:30pm

Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association is pleased to introduce its 2019 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Story Musgrave.  This engaging speaker will inspire and motivate all in attendance!

Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at three and by five floated his home built rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.

Story never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 free falls. He has seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. He has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30 year astronaut career.

Story was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead space-walker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

Today, he operates a palm farm in Orlando, Florida, a production company in Sydney, and a sculpture company in Burbank, California. He is also a landscape architect, a concept artist with Walt Disney Imagineering, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc. and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Story also performs multimedia presentations on topics such as vision, leadership, motivation, safety, quality, innovation, creativity, design, simplicity, beauty and ecology. He has seven beautiful children: Lorelei, Scott, Holly, Todd, Jeff, Lane and Story, ranging from age 48 to two years; three beautiful grandchildren, and a beautiful wife Amanda.