Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Finally A Hoser Is In Charge Up There

Chris Hadfield knows it's easy to be in charge when things are going well. It's a lot tougher to be a leader when they are not. But the astronaut who becomes the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station this afternoon has done everything he can for the past 20 years to be ready for what he sees as the pinnacle of his career.

"In truth, I started training to command the space station when I was 14," he told University of Waterloo students via videolink from the ISS last month.

"I was in the Air Cadets and I went to a junior leaders' course and they taught me the basic precepts of leadership at 14 years old as a young Canadian, and since then I've watched leaders, and you can learn something from every leader."

As a kid I went to the same Air Cadet junior leaders course for a month in the summer and that's where I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. After they taught us how to instruct a class I was hooked. I liked putting on a good show for the students.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

I guess that's why Air Cadets can be so good for kids.

Kal said...

kept me off the mean streets and Shilo and transported me to the mean streets of Brandon. It was cool because a bunch of my buddies joined at the same time. Got to learn how to fly a plain and I worked three summers as an instructor at Camp Penhold. That was the best teenager job ever.