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Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: Mary Briscoe is treasurer of the Purdue Club of Fort Wayne and a 1984 Purdue graduate. The Your Neighbor column is written by a member of a local nonprofit group and appears frequently in Neighbors.

Please join us at 7 p.m. Monday at the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW campus and learn how often one man can be shot into space.

Purdue mechanical engineering graduate Col. Jerry Ross has the current record at seven flights. Author John Norberg, who is a nationally respected author, speechwriter and public speaker, has detailed Ross' path to earning this title in his most recent book, “Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer.”

Norberg had access to papers, material and video from Ross that chronicle his path from rural Indiana to the International Space Station.

Another of Norberg's books tells about the role of other Purdue graduates who were involved in aviation landmarks, from J. Clifford Turpin's piloting with the Wright brothers to the roles of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan.

Norberg, who was born April 12, 1948, in Oak Park, Ill., grew up on the north side of Chicago in Skokie and Mount Prospect. He graduated from DePauw University in Indiana in 1970 and settled down in this state.

From the history of the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University to the heartbeat of the Purdue marching band, Norberg provides detailed and entertaining insights.

For those who are interested in flight, engineering and marching bands, Norberg has an anecdote for all.

Please join us Monday evening at the Rhinehart Center.

After the presentation, Norberg will be available to speak with audience members in the lobby. Refreshments will be available.

This event is sponsored by the Purdue Club of Fort Wayne and is free to the public.

This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.