This was never a childhood dream of mine, but that very thing happened in 1976 when I was contacted by a Mr. Dennis Bishop to join the Starlords International Association of Rocketry.
Mr. Bishop ran this club out of Hawaii, and, at its height, it boasted many members across the U.S. and all over the world. The group operated under their own sporting code - the 'Gold Book', independent of that used by the NAR.
After joining, I happened to mention to Mr. Bishop that I had mechanical drafting experience. I was readily appointed as the 'plans editor' for the Starlords new letter, The Stellar Winds. I soon received from Mr. Bishop a large envelope full of rocket plans submitted by various Starlords members for publication. It was my job to make pretty drawings of them to send back and be printed in the news letter.
Perhaps the best part of being a Starlord was in the opportunity to correspond with model rocketeers from around the globe. One of the best acquaintances I made through the group was with Mr. Herb Desind - 'Mr. Cineroc' himself! The ensuing friendship will be the subject of a future blog post.
This is a 'fuzzy' picture of my old Estes Spaceman model rocket, painted in the likeness of the Starlord mascot. The inscription around the model's base reads 'Starlords International Association of Rocketry'.
And a real, honest-to-goodness Starlords membership ID card!