An Obituary: Walter James ‘Jim’ Shannon

An Obituary: Walter James ‘Jim’ Shannon

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Walter James ‘Jim’ Shannon passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. A Bedford resident, Mr. Shannon had been a fourth-generation co-owner of Shannon Farms in Woburn, supplying flowers to the New England Produce Center and the Boston Flower Exchange.

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Biker Dan’s Trip of a Lifetime

Biker Dan’s Trip of a Lifetime

By Martin Renzhofer

Dan Hurwitz didn’t mind peddling a well-worn cliché to describe his experiences cycling the hills of Iowa and Nebraska.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” the software contractor from Bedford said. “The mountains nearly killed me.” Hurwitz nearly met his match navigating Loveland Pass, a high mountain pass nearly 12,000 feet above sea level and about 60 miles west of Denver.

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One Giant Leap ~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Sheldon Buck

One Giant Leap ~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Sheldon Buck

By Meredith McCulloch

Sheldon Buck graduated from MIT in 1958 with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics; he worked at MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, Earth and Planetary Science Department, and then The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, now Draper Lab.  

He writes, “My early work at the MIT Instrumentation Lab was performing missile guidance work for US Air Force programs: Atlas, Titian 2, and Minuteman 3. “Polaris became the core of Apollo,” he explained. “The concepts we learned on Polaris basically were the key points up through Apollo.”

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One Giant Leap ~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Fred Gauntt

One Giant Leap ~ Celebrating Apollo 11: Fred Gauntt

By Meredith McCulloch

Fred Gaunt earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and went to work at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, now Draper Lab.  He said it was a great honor to work with Eldon Hall who led the design group for the guidance system including the early use of integrated circuits.

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