|Jimmy Mathis gets ready to introduce Tom Jones.|
An enthusiastic crowd showed up Saturday night at Columbus Gardens to help the Museum honor veteran astronaut and Essex native Tom Jones for all his support and work in the community. Radio talk-show host and record-setting pilot Jimmy Mathis was the emcee and recounted his exploits as a teen-ager flying solo across the country.
Tom enthralled the audience with his journey from Essex to the Space Shuttle program and reminded people about the importance of reaching for the stars, or Mars, in the nearer future. He also put in a plug for the viability of some day capturing an asteroid for research and commercial use. Also on hand was Alan Walden, who lent his unique voice to the evening.
Our scholarship winner, Shelbie Owens, was introduced to the crowd and this year's recipients of the "Purple Martin" award for their support of the Museum were announced: Fred Fahdt, Al LaPorte, Joe Toskes and Roger Mason.
Thanks to all those who made it a great evening.