Rick Houston is creating Go, Flight Podcast
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Rick Houston is a veteran journalist with twenty-five years of full-time experience.

Rick has produced countless bylines for a wide variety of publications and websites, including everything from NASCAR to NASA to NCAA sports. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Rick has also written nine books and contributed chapters to two others, and served as an associate producer and consultant on the documentary film Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo produced by Haviland Digital about the people who worked in mission control during the Apollo era. That project was inspired by Rick’s book, Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control (University of Nebraska Press 2015).

Rick has been married since 1996 to Jeanie, a district court judge in four northwestern North Carolina counties. They have twin teenaged sons, Adam and Jesse, who are sophomores in high school. He also has an adult son, Richard, from a previous marriage.

Publishing History:

NASCAR Trials & Triumphs (Harper Entertainment 1999) – Lead chapter on Dale Earnhardt, chapter on Patty Moise.

Second to None: The History of the NASCAR Busch Series (David Bull Publishing 2001).

Young Gun: In the Driver’s Seat with #97 (New American Library 2003) – On driver Kurt Busch.

Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo 1969-1975 (University of Nebraska Press 2010) – Lead chapter on flight of Apollo 11.

Rockingham Speedway (Arcadia 2013).

Man on a Mission: The David Hilmers Story (ZonderKidz 2013).

Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Era 1986-2011 (University of Nebraska Press 2013).

Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control (University of Nebraska Press December 1, 2015).

NASCAR’s Greatest Race: The 1992 Hooters 500 (CarTech 2016).

Dale Versus Daytona: The Intimidator's Quest to Win the Great American Race (CarTech August 2017)

Black Sunday: The Day That Forever Changed NASCAR (CarTech TBA) – This book is an in-depth examination of the 2001 Daytona 500, the race in which Dale Earnhardt was killed in the final turn of the final lap.

Selected Quotes and Comments:

“I stayed up half the night reading the book. It is an outstanding achievement. You and your co-author have done a marvelous job.” – Chris Kraft, founder of NASA’s mission control, e-mail to Milt Heflin, on Go, Flight! Posted January 28, 2016.

“Simply put, for anyone interested in the history of the American space program, this is a must read, must have, book. … I believe that Houston and Helfin’s book can justifiably be added to the canonical books on the US space program. … The book succeeds in balancing the technical aspects of Mission Control’s work with the historical importance of the events it covers. In other words, the book is not too technical and should be easily understood by anyone who knows the basics of early space exploration. The writing flows very well and the stories are engrossing; I had trouble putting the book down.” – Go, Flight! Amazon Reviewer B. Nault. Posted July 5, 2016.

“Finally finished reading “Go, Flight! by @RickHouston73. It is one of best contributions to spaceflight history I have read in years.” – Twitter user Ben Honey (@spaceguy87). Posted April 11, 2016.
Tiers
Thank You!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Whatever the amount you might be able to provide, I'll ALWAYS appreciate the support. And … who knows … you might even be able to ask a question of an unsung hero of human spaceflight!
Mercury Astronaut
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Your help is everything … and is helping get the podcast off the ground!
Gemini Astronaut
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
We're moving on to the next stage in our march to the moon, and you're an important part of the process. Thank you! 
Apollo Astronaut
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
You truly do believe that NASA history should be preserved, and I appreciate that more than you could ever know. 
Moonwalker Astronaut
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Support the podcast at this level, and you've achieved the ultimate! The next time we're both at some space-related event, dinner will be one me!
Goals
$85 of $100 per month
When I reach 100 Patrons, one episode a month will feature a Patron co-host who will be featured on the show and help interview that week's guest.
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Rick Houston is a veteran journalist with twenty-five years of full-time experience.

Rick has produced countless bylines for a wide variety of publications and websites, including everything from NASCAR to NASA to NCAA sports. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Rick has also written nine books and contributed chapters to two others, and served as an associate producer and consultant on the documentary film Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo produced by Haviland Digital about the people who worked in mission control during the Apollo era. That project was inspired by Rick’s book, Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control (University of Nebraska Press 2015).

Rick has been married since 1996 to Jeanie, a district court judge in four northwestern North Carolina counties. They have twin teenaged sons, Adam and Jesse, who are sophomores in high school. He also has an adult son, Richard, from a previous marriage.

Publishing History:

NASCAR Trials & Triumphs (Harper Entertainment 1999) – Lead chapter on Dale Earnhardt, chapter on Patty Moise.

Second to None: The History of the NASCAR Busch Series (David Bull Publishing 2001).

Young Gun: In the Driver’s Seat with #97 (New American Library 2003) – On driver Kurt Busch.

Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo 1969-1975 (University of Nebraska Press 2010) – Lead chapter on flight of Apollo 11.

Rockingham Speedway (Arcadia 2013).

Man on a Mission: The David Hilmers Story (ZonderKidz 2013).

Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Era 1986-2011 (University of Nebraska Press 2013).

Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control (University of Nebraska Press December 1, 2015).

NASCAR’s Greatest Race: The 1992 Hooters 500 (CarTech 2016).

Dale Versus Daytona: The Intimidator's Quest to Win the Great American Race (CarTech August 2017)

Black Sunday: The Day That Forever Changed NASCAR (CarTech TBA) – This book is an in-depth examination of the 2001 Daytona 500, the race in which Dale Earnhardt was killed in the final turn of the final lap.

Selected Quotes and Comments:

“I stayed up half the night reading the book. It is an outstanding achievement. You and your co-author have done a marvelous job.” – Chris Kraft, founder of NASA’s mission control, e-mail to Milt Heflin, on Go, Flight! Posted January 28, 2016.

“Simply put, for anyone interested in the history of the American space program, this is a must read, must have, book. … I believe that Houston and Helfin’s book can justifiably be added to the canonical books on the US space program. … The book succeeds in balancing the technical aspects of Mission Control’s work with the historical importance of the events it covers. In other words, the book is not too technical and should be easily understood by anyone who knows the basics of early space exploration. The writing flows very well and the stories are engrossing; I had trouble putting the book down.” – Go, Flight! Amazon Reviewer B. Nault. Posted July 5, 2016.

“Finally finished reading “Go, Flight! by @RickHouston73. It is one of best contributions to spaceflight history I have read in years.” – Twitter user Ben Honey (@spaceguy87). Posted April 11, 2016.

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Tiers
Thank You!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Whatever the amount you might be able to provide, I'll ALWAYS appreciate the support. And … who knows … you might even be able to ask a question of an unsung hero of human spaceflight!
Mercury Astronaut
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Your help is everything … and is helping get the podcast off the ground!
Gemini Astronaut
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
We're moving on to the next stage in our march to the moon, and you're an important part of the process. Thank you! 
Apollo Astronaut
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
You truly do believe that NASA history should be preserved, and I appreciate that more than you could ever know. 
Moonwalker Astronaut
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Support the podcast at this level, and you've achieved the ultimate! The next time we're both at some space-related event, dinner will be one me!