Astronaut Fred Haise, who served as the lunar module pilot during the ill-fated Apollo 13 space mission in 1970 and is portrayed by Bill Paxton in the blockbuster film Apollo 13, is shown speaking to East Central Community College students and guests Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Building Auditorium on the Decatur campus.
During his remarks, which included highlights about Apollo 13, a near-fatal plane crash in 1973, and his participation in test flights of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, Haise said, “Looking back, I feel fortunate to have enjoyed the career I have. I am extremely fortunate to have been around during the Apollo missions and to have been included in the program…I encourage students today to try to figure out the talent you’ve been blessed with. Figure out how best to use it. Figure out what’s fun in school and what your talent is. Put it into a career and that will help you succeed and have fun. Steer yourself into something you will enjoy doing every day.” Following his presentation, , Haise participated in a question and answer session led by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “An Evening with Fred Haise” was made possible through the financial support of the ECCC Foundation and the Oliphant-Martin Faculty Excellence Endowment. East Central Community College gratefully acknowledges the Infinity Science Center for their assistance in securing Mr. Fred Haise. For more information on the Infinity Science Center, please visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/.