Frederick's Open Road
I Was Bored (1:26)
When You Look Back (0:28)
Investment Into The Future (0:50)
Difficult Choices (0:41)
The Same Dilemma (0:29)
Public Television: Season 3
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- When he was young, he had to choose between racing boats and going into the Air Force—one was “instant gratification,” one was an “investment.”
- Chose the Air Force, thinks he made the right choice; it was something he’d always wanted to do, paid off in the long run.
- Was the first African American to pilot a space flight, later the first African American to command a space flight.
- Says he never planned his next step; he based choices off of emotion rather than intellect.
- “When it was no longer fun, I quit doing it”; moved 13 or 14 times during first eight years in the Air Force.
- He was a test pilot for five or six years, got bored, applied to the astronaut program, was an astronaut for years, got bored, left.
- Now he’s in an administrative position and loves it; looks back and says he loves the things he’s done and learned.
- Says “you can’t sit back and wait for something to occur...you have to go out and do it yourself.”