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Dear Fans,

This will take a few minutes to read but will answer some of the questions fans and friends of the RB Facebook page and / or, website, have asked recently.

If you know us or are regular Rocket Babe fans you've probably noticed things haven't been quite right on the RB Facebook page and for several months but now I finally have a few minutes to update all of you on what's been going on behind the scenes.

Beginning in late September, Verna and I began dealing with several, out of the blue, problems / events, that have taken most of my time since late September.

Event #1 was a near catastrophe 4 months ago when our underground powerlines shorted, sending a huge electrical surge into our home. The surge hit every piece of electrical equipment and appliance that was on at the time. Of course, it blew several breakers on the ground floor but it also fried our washing machine, refrigerator, HVAC system, a TV and electric range. If I had not been home at the time, we might well have lost the house and everything in it.

Fortunately, my pc, printer, monitor and several other major appliances were all on 3 different surge protectors and were spared. The surge protectors were scorched into oblivion but did the job. If my pc had been hit, I would have lost the complete outline, notes and first 6 drafted chapters of RB-6. I began writing the next edition of Rocket Babe the middle of last August and was moving at a good clip but having to deal with all the red tape of the surge and Alabama Power, took most of 3 weeks proving the losses, getting repairs where possible and replacing appliances where needed. It brought my writing to a screeching halt and due to what follows, I have yet to get back to it.

In the end, Alabama Power took full responsibility for the damage, paid for all the repairs and replacements and even resodded the yard where they had to dig it up to replace the lines. It was a time consuming ordeal but I have to say Alabama Power was much easier to deal with than I expected and gave fantastic customer service! We were completely satisfied with their response and friendliness of their employees at all levels.

Event #2 Happened two days after the electrical work was finished. I had allowed myself to believe the nightmare was finally over but late the following Saturday night, our large brick mailbox was destroyed by a newbie driver in a large Chevy truck as he left a young lady neighbor's home. After a brief investigation the next morning and with the help of her dad, the young man's dad contacted me and quickly arranged for the repairs. Again fortunately, the mason was able to reuse most of the bricks and with a few I had left from when we built the house. In about 10 days we had a new mailbox. I was left stunned by what a brick mailbox cost these days but happy I didn't have to pay for it myself.

Event 3. A week later, in early November, I asked the mason who rebuilt the mailbox to meet me at my 97 year old mom's home, so he could give me an estimate for some minor repairs on her chimney. While we were on the roof inspecting the chimney my mom stumbled and fell in her den, fracturing her arm in four places. The injury limited her mobility to the point she developed substantial edema in her legs that required a 28 day hospital stay and for the last 10 weeks I've been taking care of her 8-12 hours a day, seven days a week. She's doing well, working through physical therapy and I believe she will be back to normal in 2-3 weeks.

When you throw in all the other things, we all deal with on a daily basis, you can understand why I was a day or so late with the November, December and January updates for, Photos of The Month and Fire & Smoke.

So, what does all of that mean for the website and the Rocket Babe series? In a nutshell, there will be a couple of changes to The website will continue as #1, a promotional site for the RB book series and #2 as a reference for model rocketry. But even with our lives slowly returning to normal, it's time for me to do something I've been putting off for over a year.

Due to considerable personal time constraints and my desire to increase my efforts on the Rocket Babe series, the time has come to discontinue our monthly features, Photos of The Month and Fire & Smoke. The rest of the website will remain intact.

But before both pages are archived, Verna & I would like to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who has loyally followed for many, many years; especially all of those who have contributed thousands of fantastic rocketry photos!

As for the Rocket Babe book series, Captain, Verna Starr and the Deep Space Strike Force are not going anywhere! They are alive, well, and looking to a bright future with you!

Again, to all of our fans on both sites, we send our deepest, most sincere appreciation and affection, for your support and friendship over the last 20 years!

For a long time we've known we have the best, most amazing fans and we look forward to many more years together!

As always, we may still be reached at:

God bless you all!

Verna & Randy



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