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When Clubmember Everett Kaukonen Integrated the Cape

Pictured: Anne Marie and Everett Kaukonen together with Nancy & Stewart Witt at the 2015 Roosevelt Dinner In 1963, a major San Diego employer was General Dynamics Astronautics, with the primary facility located in Kearny Mesa along the eastern side of Highway 163. The product was the Atlas rocket, a vehicle with two missions of vital importance: to US military (ICBM –Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) and space operations (Project Mercury, which launched the first U.S. astronauts). Many employees moved to Serra Mesa as it made for a very short commute to the plant (in fact, the Serra Mesa west side was built to provide convenient housing for General Dynamics employees). Florida’s Cape Canaveral (later name changed to Cape Kennedy) was a hotbed of activity as it was the U.S. primary rocket launching facility. Engineers, technicians and scientists from all around the nation regularly converged there to provide the many services needed for successful operations. Teams from General Dynamics Astro made frequent journeys from San Diego to support Atlas launches. One of those was the Guidance and Trajectory group …